After the game, players at area high school stick around to tidy up

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LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Members of the Lampasas High School football team are sticking around after time runs out to tidy up the stands in a spontaneous act that caught coaches and parents by surprise.

An assistant coach snapped a single photograph of the job the boys were doing and posted it online. (Courtesy photo)

Head coach, Troy Rogers says he was as surprised to see his players still in uniform fanning out through the stands and picking up trash.

“I have no idea where they got the idea,” Rogers said. “No idea.”

“I just looked up one time and saw them picking up trash and it wasn’t a directive from me. And it wasn’t punishment either,” he said, laughing.

An assistant coach snapped a single photograph of the job the boys were doing and posted it online.

Randall Richardson, whose son Keagan is a junior inside linebacker, shared the photograph with the caption, “I had no idea! Did you?”

“I overheard my son talking about it and I said ‘wait a minute did I just hear you correctly?’” Richardson said.

“He said it’s something they did on their own. They’re hoping it’ll catch on with the players coming up behind them.”

And that’s not all team members are doing off the field.

Rogers says he received a call from an elderly woman who wanted to let him know that one of his players noticed her yard needing mowing and dropped by to do the job, and he says a bus driver told him another player stepped up to help when she had an issue with a tire.

“We try to incorporate character development in all our athletic programs and it’s something we do weekly in our football program and when you see something like this it makes us proud,” Rogers said.

“People don’t always focus on the good, but our young men out here are doing really good things.”

“When you see these things it makes you proud to be from here,” he said.

The players will have a night off from clean-up duties Friday.

They play for a district title Friday night in Fredericksburg.