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Southington football player recovers from dirt bike accident, team plays in his honor

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SOUTHINGTON, Ohio - A player from the Southington football team was not on the field on Friday night.

Zack Weaver, 16, is recovering from a dirt bike accident last Sunday that sent him to the hospital with a head injury.

"One of our own is not here tonight. I know he wants to be here and I know you all want him to be here tonight," says Coach Ryan Slone.

"It just means playing real hard for him because I miss him a lot. He's my best friend and I haven't seen him in awhile, so I'm going to play for him," says Travis Lehmann, Weaver's teammate and friend.

On Friday, Weaver's fellow Wildcats from Chalker High School in Southington wore his number on the back of their helmets. They also carried his jersey on and off the field to signify him being there in spirit.

"I made sure I got up there and I gave the jersey to his mom, and I know it's in his room, so that way he opens his eyes and sees that, so that he feels as much a part of tonight as he can," says Slone. 

The accident first put the sophomore in a coma, but his grandfather says he is responding well. Everyone says Weaver is a fighter, and the doctors say that the strength he has gained from training and football helped in the recovery process that he will face.

Weaver's sister Ashley was also rooting for the Wildcats during Friday's game.

"Today, he was smiling. I kept asking if I could bring people up to see him, and he kept smiling. He's getting way better," she says.

 

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