This one wasn't just a game. It was a demonstration of the resilience of the human spirit.

For more than two decades, football players representing the city of Hesperia's first high school were forced to board a bus for their own "home" games. During the first years after opening in 1984, they traveled to Victor Valley High School, and from the early 1990s through the middle of the 2006 season the home field was at Jay Reed Field - on the campus of crosstown rival Sultana High School.

Last fall, the high school celebrated the opening of their new stadium on Oct. 27, but, unfortunately, that was a few weeks after the team lost the annual Key Game to the Sultans.
This year would be very different.

Coach Robert Kistner's Scorpions were exceptionally tough, determined and ready. A solid defense and great all-around execution enabled them to win their first six games. Meanwhile, Coach Zane Sweeney's Sultans got off to only a so-so start this year. The scene was set for an historic night when the Hesperia High School community - football players, students, parents and teachers - poured into the homefield bleachers, literally by the thousands.

The game went as expected, with Hesperia High dominating and coming out victorious. But as the final seconds of the game clocked ticked away, it was clear this wasn't just about sports. Certainly, the Class of 2008, which had never won the key, rejoiced for the accomplishment on the field. This wasn't just about one team, one class and one school. The victory celebration on Hesperia High's own turf meant that our town's oldest and largest high school had finally put it all together. Whether or not you're a Hesperia High booster, the moment was magical.

For Hesperia High School, the key is right where it belongs - home.