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(FOUNTAIN, Co., SHOT 10/2/2004) Lake County High School OL/DL Joseph Pacheco (#73, sophomore) touches "the rock" on his way to the field with teammates before a game against the Salida Spartans during Lake County's Homecoming at Lake County High School in Leadville, Co. Everyone on the team has taken to the tradition of touching "the rock" with their left hand, the one closest to their heart, on their way to taking the field for good luck. 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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