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Grieving Players Take the Field

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It was a difficult night as the Sharon Tigers took the field at Veterans Stadium on Monday, after car accident Friday night killed two of their teammates, 18-year-old Cory Swartz and 17-year-old Evan Gill, and hospitalized two others.

Since the accident, the team has rallied together.

"They're pulling together as a team," said Dan Templeton, parent of a Tigers football player.
"We're pulling together as a community. We're there for whoever needs anything."

As heavy as their hearts were, parents of Sharon players, and former players, say that taking this field Monday night, is exactly what Evan and Cory would have wanted for their teammates.

"They just want to play for the two that were lost, and the two that are still in the hospital," said Jeff Price, parent of a Tigers football player. "They're out there giving it all for them."

"They do have things they need to do tonight for their school, but for the most part, it's all about their lost players," said Kelvin Newby, former Tigers player.

Girard fans, said  it was an emotional night for their team as well. Going into this game, they wanted that win, but also, wanted to support the Tigers.

"We're sad that it happened," said Jeanne Pude, Girard fan. "We did make the ribbons to support them."    

Along with the ribbons worn by fans, the players wore orange tape on their shoes.

Yellow Jackets booster parents also took food down to the Tigers team on Saturday.

"We just want everyone to know we support them," said Amy McCall, Girard Football Booster. "If there's anything we can do to ease their pain, we're here. We're one, bug football family."

On the field, they were two teams competing against each other for a title. Off the field, they were one unit rallying together, as one football family.

 

The driver of the other car involved in crash was also killed. Police say it appears that speed may have been a factor, but alcohol, drugs and texting were not.
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