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Support for Albany Pop Warner team that lost two coaches to gun violence

October 16, 2018 07:12 PM

ALBANY -- The helmets pay tribute to Coach Seven.  They bear wings for their football coach. 

The Albany Falcons Pee-wee team was back doing what he wanted them to do: play ball. 

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This game at Bleecker Stadium was their first since Coach Seven died. 

Joseph Davis was fatally shot at the end of last month. 

"I'm heartbroken," said Pee-wee Commissioner Angela Scott.  "But I feel like we just need to continue what they started."

"It's been a roller-coaster ride of emotions.  Our guys have been really hurt over this," said Head Coach Damin Waring. 

They had a banner that paid tribute to both coaches that were killed in just three months. 

Two mentors, two father figures, to these young boys were both shot to death. 

The team lost Coach Elijah Cancer in July, when he was killed trying to break up a fight in Albany. 

"It's bittersweet," said Assistant Coach Michael Temple.  "The kids are glad to be out here.  But again, we're still dealing with some trying times right now.  We'll persevere, and this is about healing for the kids being able to come out here and play." 

It's been a difficult time for the Falcons.  Coach Seven is gone but not forgotten. 

"Just consistency and prayer," said Coach Temple.  "We're out here with the kids every day.  We try to be the shoulder to cry on, the rock that they can lean on."

Coach Seven, like all the coaches, volunteered his time and effort to guide these kids. 

"Just talking about who Coach 7 was to them and what he wanted them to do and the things that he's taught them," said Coach Waring.  "It's been all about discipline, focus, perseverance, and just being respectful gentlemen."

Albany played Schenectady.  Before the game, the opposing team linked arms and walked across the field as one, in a show of true sportsmanship.

Both teams are fierce competitors, but before giving it their all on the field, they handed over flowers to the Falcons, along with words of support.

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Kumi Tucker

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