Two San Marcos High School students went the extra mile Friday to talk to their peers about the dangers of underage drinking and drugs.
The stands were full for the highly anticipated rivalry game between San Marcos and Mission Hills High School, which presented the perfect opportunity to celebrate Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week is a nationally-recognized drug, alcohol, and violence prevention and awareness campaign.
In light of that campaign, excitement at the big game was accompanied by a sobering message.
Red ribbon decals could be spotted on the backs of every helmet on the turf and on every coach and referee’s shirt. Hundreds more were pinned to the shirts of cheering fans on both sides.
For some members of the Youth Advocacy Coalition at Mission Hills, the cause is important to them because of things they’ve seen on and off campus.
“A lot of people bring alcohol to the school and it just doesn't end up right,” junior Justin Soto said. “A lot of fights end up happening because of that.”
“Well I have had many friends that have taken drugs and alcohol,” junior Brandon Bazen said. “You see that drugs really have an impact on their lives and the families around them.”