Legal Insurrection fans probably despair of California, given the inanity of our politicians and the desire of some of our citizens to leave the Union.

However, I would like to share a touching story of patriotism that may redeem our state, slightly.

Videographer Tom Baldwin reports that Amador Varsity Football, from a small California town outside Sacramento called Sutter Creek, had a game against Lincoln High in San Francisco. However, the friends and family of the visiting team noticed something was amiss prior to kickoff.

As the game was about to start, the crowd realized their [sic] was no National anthem being played, which is traditionally the home team’s responsibility. Also, there was no American flag flown at the stadium, just an empty flagpole. The small town community, who drove over 130 miles to watch their team play, took matters into their own hands and sang the anthem loud and proud. it was magical!

Amador won the contest 45-20 and was at that point only one game away from playing for the state championship. And while the team did make the final game, it did not win it.

Temecula Rancho Christian defeated Sutter Creek Amador 38-13 to win the CIF [California Interscholastic Federation]-State Division 6-AA football championship Saturday night, Dec. 17.

Baldwin followed up with another message later, concerning the lack of an anthem.

Recently I was told that the Lincoln High band was late and CIF would not wait for them to play the national anthem. Not sure why the flag was missing but I wanted to clarify this was NOT a political statement by the San Francisco School.

Given the fact the San Fransisco Board of Supervisors issued a special proclamation after the election of Donald Trump specifically stating their intention to keep its status as a sanctuary city, essentially challenging one of the President-Elects major policy points, and since no American flag was evident, it is easy to understand why some would think this was a political statement.

Perhaps someone from Lincoln High could find a flag and figure out how to better coordinate the band next time?

We wish Amador High School better luck next year. Go Buffaloes!!!