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PAYSON — A Utah County high school lost thousands of dollars in football and track equipment after a shed was set on fire Tuesday.
While a suspect has been apprehended by police, the fire left members of Payson High School's football team without any gear to practice with. But thanks to help from some unlikely benefactors, the team hopes to be ready to play in their first home game.
"Some of my buddies called me and said the shed is on fire, all of our stuff is gone," quarterback Devan Judd said Wednesday.
Photos taken by Payson High School staff show the flames that engulfed the brand new $40,000 shed with $80,000 worth of track and football equipment. A juvenile has been arrested, but police say multiple kids with nothing better to do probably share in the blame.
But the team's focus isn't on the past. They're getting ready for what's ahead. "Payson High School has their first home game August 24," said Lana Hiskey, spokesman for the Nebo School District.
But how does a football team prepare when they're left with nothing? The answer is the one you least expect: Payson's biggest rival, the Salem Hills High School football team, is just one of the few who've offered up their own training tools.
"They're all rallying around this football team," Hiskey said.
And the spirit of their generosity is moving onto the field. "I think it will help us as a team," Judd said.
While police continue to search for suspects, Payson High is working to rebuild its sports equipment supply. They've already had a lot of people and organizations step forward with financial help, and the school is still accepting donations.