MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – High school football teams in Bibb County are playing the rest of this season “Dylan Strong”.
“They’re brothers when it comes to football, they’re a family and so they wanted to be able to give something to Pike County that was at a district level,” said Bibb County Schools Sports Information Specialist Hannah Moore.
Players are adding a hint of black and red to their uniforms.
“Having all of our teams wear Dylan Thomas’s #32 for the rest of the season was really important to us to show that it’s not just the teams playing them, but that Bibb County has their back,” Moore said.
The district is honoring the Pike County High School player who died last weekend as a result of brain injuries he got during a game against Peach County High School.
“Our student athletes have been extremely receptive and wanted to do as much as they could to give back to Pike County,” Moore told 41NBC.
The district decided to start with Friday night’s game between Pike County and Rutland High School.
“It was incredibly important. Our athletic director for the county Barney Hester wanted us to make sure that it wasn’t just competition facing Pike County and that it was us standing with them,” Moore said.
In addition to wearing the helmet stickers, both teams will dedicate Friday’s kick-off to their missing teammate.
“For the first play of the game, Pike County will only send out 10 players, Rutland will take a knee and that will symbolize them missing Dylan Thomas,” she explained.
It’s the district’s way of showing their support for the team county-wide and doing all they can to help them through the loss.
Rutland will play Pike County at Ed Defore Sports Complex in Macon. Kick off is at 7:30.
The district is encouraging community members to come out and support both Rutland and Pike County.