COTTONWOOD, Calif. - "Tyson was deep and squirrely at the same time, and was fast paced a go-after it football guy the kinda guy you want on your team," said West Valley Football Coach Greg Grandell.
16-year-old Tyson Wacker died Monday. He was critically injured in a crash Thursday night and never recovered.
Many will remember him as an older brother, and classmate, but to a group of high schoolers, Tyson will always be their teammate and brother.
"Football is a family," Grandell said. "If you're not a good family you will not be a good team."
Last Friday, this football team had to do something they've never had to do before - pray for a teammate fighting for his life.
They took the field with one thought on their minds: This game is for Tyson.
"Honestly I wanted to not play the game and just be at the hospital," Grandell said. "I didn't care if we won or loss I just really didn't want to play. They said coach we want to play we want to play but the boys did so. They said if we are going to play this we are going to play this for him. And so they did, proud of them that way maybe they're a little tougher than there coach."
According to their football coach, Tyson made it apparent he was there with them too.
And after winning Friday night's game against Corning, his teammates had to say goodbye to Tyson, the boy they grew to love through his dedication, and devotion to their team.
"I tell people we are not going to be about praising the Lord when things are good and then cursing him when things are bad but I will ask him the question some day," Grandell said. "Why did he have to go so early? Maybe they just needed another angel."
If you'd like to help the Wacker family, there is an account set up at Tri-counties bank in Cottonwood. All you have to do is walk in and mention the family.
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