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(CBS) – Residents of Washington, Ill. will try — at least temporarily — to forget the damage from last Sunday’s tornado.

Their Washington High School football team plays for a chance at a state championship.

The Panthers traveled an hour south to the state capital this morning to take on Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, which has organized tornado-relief efforts to help their rivals. SHG football coach Ken Leonard says it’s been a learning experience.

“I think it’s been a great lesson,” he said.

Washington quarterback Colton Marshall says he remains focused on Saturday’s game, regardless of the destruction back home. He lost his house.

“Our goal, before this even happened was … eventually get to state. For me, that hasn’t changed any,” he says.

SHG is providing Washington families food, transportation to the game and proceeds from fundraising.

Ten of the Washington High players lost their homes in the tornado.

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