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How Family & Football Overcame Tragedy

A community in Texas grapples with the deaths of two high school students:

"The Friday night before that Sunday at Possum Kingdom Lake, Coppell played an away game at Hebron High School in Carrollton. Jacob went up to Solomon and said, 'What’s wrong with you? You haven’t gotten any sacks all season!' The two had worked out a signature move: Solomon, after a sack, would bring his palms together and bow to the crowd. The very next play, Solomon got a sack and took his bow. 'Jacob went crazy,' Solomon says. 'He chest-bumped me and said, ‘That was the sickest celebration!’ He was screaming and laughing and so pumped up.'

"Cam McDaniel, Gavin’s older brother, a running back at Notre Dame, was the first to reach Solomon on the phone that Sunday afternoon to give him the terrible news. 'What should I do?' asked Solomon, shaken. Cam said, 'Solly, pray. And just keep the faith.' The 6-foot-3, 260-pound athlete hung up the phone and fell to the floor.

"As word spread, CHS students flocked to the one place they felt closest to Jacob—Buddy Echols Field, where hundreds held a prayer vigil Sunday night."
SOURCE:D Magazine
PUBLISHED: Aug. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3926 words)