A speck of red in a sea of black and orange, the Abraham family was just as spirited Friday night while the Thomas R. Proctor Raiders took on the Rome Free Academy Black Knights.

ROME — A speck of red in a sea of black and orange, the Abraham family was just as spirited Friday night while the Thomas R. Proctor Raiders took on the Rome Free Academy Black Knights.

Family from as far as Philadelphia came to root on Nick Abraham, a captain of the Raiders who scored the game's first touchdown.

"No. 33, he's captain of the team, president of his senior class," said his uncle Gary Abraham, bursting with pride. "He's just phenomenal."

And the family didn't just "hope" Proctor would win Friday night's game, the first local match-up of the high school football season that took place at Louis H. Van Slyke stadium in Rome.

"No, we're going to kick some butt!" said Nick Abraham's aunt, Karla Abraham.

In support of the Black Knights, Ken Baker Jr. of Lee Center and his family were there to support Tyler Baker, who also wears No. 33.

"It's more or less a family tradition," Baker Jr. said. "(Tyler's) dad played football here; a lot of family members played football. A lot of them went on to play sports in college, and we're hoping (Tyler) will do the same."

Jennifer Hurst and her daughter Cassandra, 10, were there to support "just RFA in general."

"I like how all the people on the team get along, and like, can work together," Cassandra said.

The pair were betting Rome would win Friday's game.

"They're definitely going to win tonight," Hurst said, as orange pompoms bounced from her headband.

"Yeah, and if not, you owe me $20!" Cassandra quipped.

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