Buckeye Local Community to Honor Players Injured in Car Crash

February 07 2021 06:30 pm

Earlier this week three students were injured after a serious accident on their way home from football practice, and on Friday as thousands gather at fields near and far, the Buckeye Local Panthers game against Indian Creek has become something much more.

“We’re going to do what they would want us to do. We’re going to go out there and fight for them. That’s exactly what we’ll do, we’re out here at practice and the game,” said team captain Shawn Tuston.

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With each snap, pass, and block, the Panthers have focused on their next opponent, but have also learned a few lessons not found in Coach Pests’ playbook.

“We talk about handling adversity, these kids are resilient, they’re good friends and they play together,” added Head Coach Phil Pest.

Support is one thing hasn’t been in short supply, as the community has rallied around their players, even from rival schools and its meant the world to these young players. Team captain Daniel Beall added, “The support around the valley and the school has been tremendous. There’s a white out for the team and the other schools are wearing Buckeye colors, it’s great support.”

On Friday, the Panthers will be wearing a new sticker on their helmets in support of Devon Marques, Logan Barsch, and Tyler Miller. But when the lights dim and the last fan has left the stadium, regardless of the outcome, these players will walk away winners.

“Sometimes in life bad things happen. You have to get back up and move on, and I’m just glad these kids want to go on,” added Coach Pest.

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