GRANBURY, Texas (KXAN) - Student from a South Austin high school were in Granbury Friday, delivering goods to those affected by Wednesday's killer storms.
The damage left behind from the powerful tornado tugged on a bond between rivals turned teammates.
Student from Akins High School packed their car with gift cards, bottled water, pillows and air mattresses to help the students, some whom were still not able to return home.
Days later, survivors were still reliving the harrowing night.
"It only lasted two minutes at the most," Ernesto Arriaga said of the tornado. "We looked to the side of our house and it was just houses completely gone and people running around."
He and his family huddled in a closet as a tornado ripped his neighborhood apart. He hasn't been able to return home since the storm rolled through.
"It didn't seem real, like it was just from a movie," Arriaga said.
But in this movie, the story is really just beginning.
"They came to me yesterday at school and asked, 'how do we help our teammates?" Juan Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez is the head coach of the Formula One team at Akins High School, where students build F1 model cars and compete across the country.
Just last week Akins competed against Granbury's team, which Arriaga is a part of. Now, the two teams are joining forces for a shot at the national trophy.
"They were our rivals," Gonzalez explained, "but now they're our teammates."
But, it was the force of a tornado that brought the students from Akins to Granbury on Friday.
In addition to the goods, the Akins team collected $325 from their classmates to donate to those in need.
It was a moment that one Granbury mother could only describe with one word.
"Pride," she said. "I'm so incredibly proud of them."
The team bond, which now stretches hundreds of miles, was an eye-opener for Arriaga. Just like the tornado that stormed through his town.
"Now that you see nothing is there, it helps me to appreciate the things that I have," he said, "and to take life more serious."
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