The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Football Team Commended


The Key West City Commission last night proclaimed Key West High School Football Team Day during the first commission meeting of the new year to honor the team’s tenacity in reaching the playoffs as well as their outstanding effort to help those most hard hit by Hurricane Irma.

This season, the Key West High School Fighting Conchs Football Team earned a place in the Florida High School Athletic Association Playoffs for this first time since 2004.

“This journey to the playoffs was earned by a storm-tossed team demonstrating the Conch characteristics of determination, courage and resiliency,” reads the proclamation. “After Hurricane Irma, members of the Key West football team pitched in to help with local clean-up and recovery, raising spirits and bringing hope to hard-hit communities in the Lower Keys.”

“What went from a season that wasn’t going to happen,” said Head Coach John Hughes, “turned out to be a pretty special season -- not only for what we did on the field, but what we were able to do as a team, the brotherhood they developed, to be able to go out there and help the community in their time of need, I think did something good for everyone involved. I’m proud of what they did and who they became because of that.”

The Commission stated in the proclamation, “the City of Key West is proud of the many victories of the Key West High School Football Team, and recognize that sports programs are an integral part of developing character in the youth who will inherit our city.”