Honoring Kody Turner
The Chickasha players silently raised their helmets adorned with the No. 74 during the opening kickoff against Capitol Hill last week at Chickasha High School.
It was the first home game for the Chicks since lineman Kody Turner died on Sept. 17.
The crowd stood silently as they watched the ball sail through the air into the arms of the Chicks’ return man.
Then on the first play of the game, the team honored their fallen teammate.
With a stillness in the air, Chickasha hiked the ball minus a left guard, Turner’s position. Then they took a knee.
The silence continued as quarterback Chase Rodgers handed the ball to head coach Rick VanCleave who then presented the ball to Turner’s mother, Crystal Coleman.
A somber crowd stood still as Coleman was also presented with Turner’s jersey.
The quiet continued as coach and mom embraced on the 50-yard line with the game ball in hand.
Then an emotional Coleman turned to the crowd and raised the ball in the air. The stadium erupted in a roar.
See an audio slideshow of the game here.
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