DAMASCUS, MD (WUSA9) - For the second week in a row, a local high school football team protested the pre-game National Anthem by taking a knee Friday night.
Watkins Mill High players in Montgomery County say it's part of the nationwide racial injustice protests.
Players from a rival team, Damascus High School, were among the team’s critics. On Friday, Damascus hosted Watkins Mill.
Tensions certainly ran high, even leading up to the game. The principal at Watkins Mill says her players received threats. Officials from both schools were worried that the game may turn hostile, fortunately, it did not.
That doesn't mean that the protest did not sit well with many.
Professional athletes are role models to young athletes, whether they want to be or not.
NFL quarterback Colin Kappernick's moves are being replicated. Not his moves during the game, but before the game by taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
On Friday, the Watkins Mill High School football team did the same during the anthem at Damascus High School. That didn't sit well with the host school.
But they did add color, in addition to the green and yellow school colors, Damascus fans dressed in red, white and blue, waved American flags in response to Watkins Mill protest. A protest that these Watkins Mill seniors say is their right.
The principal at Damascus High School wrote a letter on Wednesday asking the community to respect Watkins Mill High School's decision of peacefully protesting.