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(FOUNTAIN, Co., SHOT 10/2/2004) Lake County Panthers' OL/DL Nick Palmer (#53, senior) touches "the rock" as he and the rest of the team make their way to the field prior to kickoff against the Salida Spartans during Lake County's Homecoming Game at Lake County High School in Leadville, Co. The team has made a tradition of touching the rock with their left hand, the one closest to their heart, for good luck before taking the field. Lake County plays 2A football on a field that is nearly 2 miles above sea level, the highest football field in the world. The elevation hasn't really been a home field advantage for the Panthers though as they are off to an 0-5 start on the season and first year coach Harrison Chisum admits he is trying to build some semblence of a football tradition at the school. The team only had 12 kids come out for the football team the previous year and the team was forced to play a junior varsity schedule. Lake County was down 42-0 and ended up losing the game 42-28. Coach Chisum was happy with the team's second half performance because they hadn't scored a touchdown on offense in four games. (Photo by MARC PISCOTTY / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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