Albany Pop Warner team takes the field after losing 2 coaches to gun violence

October 15, 2018 12:22 PM

There was a show of support Sunday for a team of boys who lost two coaches to gun violence.

Albany Pop Warner Falcons played their first game since Joseph Davis -- their beloved "Coach Seven" -- was fatally shot at the end of last month. The team previously lost coach Elijah Cancer in July when he was killed trying to break up a fight in Albany.

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A banner was on display, paying tribute to two mentors seen as father figures to the young boys.

"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."

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

Albany played Schenectady on Sunday. Both teams are fierce competitors. But before the game, the opposing team linked arms and walked across the field to give the Falcons flowers in a show of true sportsmanship.


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