Willoughby South's football team took the field Friday night, the first time since the school decided to abandon its confederate solider mascot.

The decision created a big divide among community members.

Superintendent Steve Thompson says it was ultimately his decision that the current mascot needed to be removed.

He said it didn't represent diversity and he wants "to be on the right side of history" in updating it.

Students designed the rebel back in 1959 and Thompson said he wanted students to have input now as well.

A decision to keep the 'Rebel' name was announced Friday afternoon on the Willoughby Eastlake School District Facebook Page.

Mayor David Anderson, Wade Mitchell and Kip Marlow met with the South High Principal's Advisory Panel and decided the name would stay while the confederate solider would be "rejuvenated."

Students have already submitted some suggested sketches.

The hope is that by mid-October, the school will have its new mascot selected.

Tradition was on the line during the Rebels Friday night football game but that didn't stop fans from coming out to support.

"We have a heart of love and love for football and hopefully will start scoring some touchdowns that's the main concern right now. Go rebels!"