STONEBORO, Pa. – The Lakeview-Cambridge Springs football game will be played as scheduled Friday night after three Lakeview students were killed in a car crash Thursday evening.
Lakeview held a team meeting early Friday afternoon and decided that they wanted to go ahead with the contest.
“After much consideration, the Lakeview football team has decided to move forward with tonight’s game against Cambridge Springs,” the team and head coach Bill Hickman said in a statement released on X. “After discussing options with our grieving players, coaches and administrators, the boys have decided that rallying and grieving together as a community would be the first step in the healing process. “We support their decision as in times of grief, students need opportunities for togetherness. Tonight’s game will be held in honor of the bright and promising lives that were lost in this tragic event. Anchor down!”
We are super proud of these boys! Administration shut this game down but the kids spoke up and convinced the admin that they want to do this for their friends, this community and each other. Win or lose, this is bigger than football…live for today!!! #family pic.twitter.com/PzNMcf6wcx
— Lakeview Sailors Football (@FootballSailors) October 6, 2023
Pennsylvania State Police identified James M. Harrison, 18 of Grove City, as one of the three victims, as well as two 17-year old female juveniles.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that I announce the passing of three members of our small, loving, and close-knit school community,” Lakeview School District said in a release posted to Facebook. “These bright and promising students left us too soon, leaving our community in deep sorrow.
“We are confident that our community, known for its unwavering love, support, and unity, will rally together in this time of grief. We will together to offer comfort and support to the families and friends, who are undoubtedly facing an unimaginable loss. As a community, we understand the importance of standing together during such trying times.”
The full statement can be seen below.
Both teams are unbeaten on the season at 6-0.