Members of the George Washington and Hurricane High Schooll football programs are planning to honor the memory of fallen fellow athlete, Dylan Jeffries. The 17-year-old from South Harrison High School collapsed at a game against Lincoln High School on September 27. He was to a Morgantown hospital where he died on October 6. George Washington and Hurricane will collect donations for the Jeffries family at their game on Friday, October 11, at George Washington High School.
More than 1,000 people attended a vigil at the school to honor the running back who wore number 22. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, October 13, at the South Harrison football field.
George Washington High School's football team is no stranger to loss. Freshman player Drew Morton died in September 2012 from injuries he sustained in a car accident. The team received cards, notes and prayers from around the state during that time. GW Football Booster President Mike Mackey said in a news release that the team understands much of what the South Harrison community is experiencing. "Unfortunately, we have traveled the road they are traveling right now, and it is tough," he said. "But we were encouraged by the support we received from teams throughout the state. Players from across the region came to Drew's memorial service and that meant so much to us," he said. "We hope that our efforts and prayers will be of some assistance and comfort to the family during this terribly difficult time," Mackey continued.
Donations will be collected at the game inside the gate at the GW apparel tent. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at GW's Steve Edwards Senior Field on Friday, October 11.