Swine Flu Can't Stop Pigskin Play

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    Administrators in the Aubrey Independent School District shut down all of its schools after hundreds of students called in sick with flu like symptoms Tuesday.  Despite that fact, Friday night's football game went on as scheduled.

    Students won't go back to school until Tuesday, but flu fears did not dim the glare of the football stadium's Friday night lights.

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    "We're up against Calisberg tonight and its for first place in the district,"  said Aubrey ISD Superintendent, Dr. James Monaco.  "We're tied with Calisberg."

    For a football team like Aubrey High School's, this game is too big to miss, swine flu or not.

    "And we are supposed to win you know," said parent, Michelle Scribner.

    So far this season no team has scored on Aubrey High School's football team.  Its part of the reason school officials allowed the game to go on as scheduled.  They also took into consideration the amount of time that has passed since they closed the school district.

    "We decided we could go on with this because the students would have three days to rest and that was really what the decision was based on," said Dr. Monaco.

    "I think most people that are sick are going to stay home," said spectator, Kasi Reynolds.  "And those that are well will be out supporting the team."

    In Aubrey Friday night, swine flu was not a major player.

    "All is well.  We'll be back in school on Tuesday," said Scribner.

    The biggest concern for the fans, parents and students who packed Aubrey High School's stadium was just who would win the  Friday night match up.

    "I guess Tuesday morning I'm going to find out how intelligent my decision was," said Dr. Monaco.  "If I'm running back at 97 percent then I'm going to be a happy Superintendent.  Especially if we win."

    Dr. Monaco says crews sanitized every school in the district.  He also says students will make up the days they missed.