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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Lake Charles Boston High School closed its door five years ago, and since then graduates, faculty and staff haven't experienced Friday night football. But Friday night that will all change thanks to LaGrange head football Coach Jules Sullen.
"If they were still open, I probably would've went to LCB," said LaGrange receiver Freddie Williams.
That's the case for many former and current LaGrange students since Lake Charles Boston shut its doors a few years ago.
"I felt sad for the kids, because all of them that were there wanted to be there," said librarian Donna Franklin, once the librarian at LCB.
"They were hurt when LCB shut down, but we took them in the best we could," said girl basketball coach Brandi Ballard.
But Friday night Lake Charles Boston alumni will be welcomed home.
"Coach Sullen wanted that idea of LaGrange being a place where you are welcome home, all of Lake Charles Boston, students, former staff members, and also the faculty," said Principal Rico Guillory.
Football players will wear red Cougar jerseys, while the Gatorettes and LaGrange cheerleaders will wear Lake Charles Boston uniforms.
"What we wanted to do was to tell the Lake Charles Boston family you may be gone, but you're not forgotten," said Coach Sullen.
The game will be extra special for Williams. He's the first in his family to attend LaGrange, and both of his brothers graduated from LCB. They both plan to be in attendance on Friday night.
"It means a lot to me," said Williams. "I'm playing for them basically. It means a lot to him, when I told them I was playing for them, for their school. They said it meant a lot to them. They said they hope I play a good game."
The visitors side will be reserved for the Lake Charles Boston alumni. Coach Sullen wants those in attendance to realize that who you are doesn't matter.
"That we're all one regardless of what color we are," said Coach Sullen. "We may be red, black, orange, purple, whatever. The community of Lake Charles, we're one big family."
The Mansfield at LaGrange game will be the game of the week on Touchdown Live Friday night.