FNR campus visit: Washington Union vs. Liberty

At Liberty, Friday night wraps up up a weeklong homecoming celebration for the Hawks.

Valley high school football is back on the air Friday night on our sister station, The CW59!

It's all part of the Les Schwab Tires Friday Night Rivals presented by Lithia Subaru.

This week's matchup between the Washington Union Panthers and the Liberty Hawks takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Madera.

FOX26 Sports Reporter Nick King visited both schools before the big game on Friday.

At Liberty, Friday night wraps up up a weeklong homecoming celebration for the Hawks.

Liberty Student Cori Balcom said, "Homecoming theme for this week is Hawk of Ages, like Rock of Ages."

The competition includes the guys mummifying the girls with toilet paper and then the mummies have to hula hoop without ripping the toilet paper.

The student also have to dig in pools full of shaving cream to find buried treasure.

Liberty student Christian Napier said, "We all come out here, we come together as a family, that's a big theme out here, is just togetherness, and...we've been united as one since we got here."

Cori Balcom said, "It gets people really like, 'oh yes, it's finally happening.' Especially for the homecoming court, it's like, Friday's the big day, and like, 'yay.' I'm so excited to be a part of this. I think this year's going to be a really good homecoming. The energy's a lot different."

In Easton, Washington Union is unique in its commitment to getting kids college and career ready.

Washington Union student Antonio Quintero said, "We're trying to learn emergency medicine, so when something big happens like an earthquake, an explosion - we're supposed to be able to treat these patients."

The Panthers have three different institutes on campus where a select number of students can spend four years learning about a chosen career: Health, Law and Justice or Agriculture.

Antonio Quintero said, "Some of us, if we're really passionate about it, we really want to do something - we know that these programs can help us reach our goals."

Washington Union student Viridiana Alzarado said, "I want to be in law enforcement. I just want to be a police officer,'s just like the academy. So we're ready for the academy. So we have a basic understanding for it."

The goal is to prepare the kids not just for tests, but for life.

Additionally, there's a four year program for potential first generation college students, teaching them everything about the application process and beyond.

If you can't make it to the game, make sure you watch it at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 21st on The CW59.

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Click here to see the full Friday Night Rivals schedule.

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