Before the season opener against Laingsburg, Perry remembered Zach Clark. Coach Rob Porritt vowed they will never forget him and he will be remembered forever at Perry High.
The family on hand, friends, former teammates, Perry fans framed number 77 jerseys presented to both parents, tear-jerking pre-game speeches.
Rob Porritt, one emotional man heading man after that pre-game tribute, wearing Zach's number 77 on his shirt and trying to keep focus for his teams' opener against Laingsburg.
Logan Winn, who survived that accident, also on the sideline wearing number 77.
He saw Dillon Brooks pick up where he left off last year. The speedster running away from the Wolfpack defense for a big gainer--that set up the game's first score. It's Dillon Brooks, who else? Student body left, 10 yards for the touchdown. The Ramblers take the lead.
Porritt finally smiling. What an emotional night and an emotional win. 17 to 7 Perry wins. First season opening win in 8 years--that one was for Zach, God rest your soul.