RED LION, Pa. (WHTM) – Before taking the field Friday, the Red Lion football team took time to remember two of their own.
17-year-old Stone Hill and 16-year-old Nicholas Mankin were killed in June when their van hit a telephone pole in Lower Chanceford Township, York County.
The team honored Hill and Mankin during the first home game of the season Friday against Manheim Township.
You win as a team, you lose as a team, and sometimes you have to grieve as a team.
The Lions of Red Lion are standing together through it all.
“This is going to be one of the toughest things these men do in their lives,” said Jessy Shay, Red Lion Head Football Coach.
Shay was not sure how his team was going to react during an emotional pre-game tribute to their teammates, but everyone was touched by the experience.
Shay says its easy to prepare a game plan, but preparing for this game was much different for his staff and players.
Hill and Mankin were starters on last year’s team. They were close and so were their jerseys. On the sideline, players say they were the heart and soul of the team.
“Stone is excited when he gets a tackle he gets up and pumped and points to the sky and Nick is the first one in the end zone to meet them,” said Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie. “They meant a lot they are great friends outside of school they were with us every day great friends we liked to spend time with them great friends all around.”
Manheim Township won the game, 22-15.
Red Lion may have came up short in the game of football Friday, but certainly not in the game of life.