Centennial High School shows support for head football coach
Coach Kevin Sneed diagnosed with cancer
Last Updated: 74 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Many people filled the bleachers at Centennial High School tonight, but they were there for more than just football. Head Coach Kevin Sneed was diagnosed with throat cancer two weeks ago.
The Centennial High School community remains shocked as students and teachers learn of Sneed's biggest fight yet.
Every Friday night, Michael Gomez shows support for his high school football team.
"We just got so much school spirit here and everyone is so great. They support each other," he said.
And now more than ever as the Golden Hawks learn of Sneed's cancer diagnosis.
"We're all keeping him in our prayers. It's really sad to hear that, but I'm keeping him in my prayers and I know everybody else is too," he said.
Sneed returned to coaching this year. He admits his diagnosis isn't a shock because cancer runs in his family.
"I had a little lump on my throat and I had hoped it was a little infection. They found out I have cancer on my throat, tongue and the side of my neck," he said.
Doctors say the cancer has not spread and he's been given the green light to continue coaching.
"It's really going to be an emotional year for sure. We just got to keep our heads up and be supportive of coach and keep him in our prayers and definitely we're going to win these games," said loyal fan, Bryan Jackson.
Sneed's diagnosis isn't stopping him from enjoying the game he loves so much, especially with the amount of support he's getting from the community.
"i think there are hard times and this is just one of them and that everyone will support him and everybody loves him," said student, Sabrina Luna.
Coach Sneed says his condition is treatable and he is scheduled to begin chemotherapy.
Centennial won Friday night's game over Santa Barbara 38-7.
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