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"You never know when your last down is, when your last play is," Francis said. "So you’ve just got to be thankful for what you have now."
The Red Devils are 6-1 and a favorite to make the Class 2A championship game. Sam’s No. 62 is on every player’s helmet, now always at the back of each one’s mind.
Sam’s family still is awaiting the results of an autopsy to learn what caused the boy’s death, but they say they found closure sitting at the front of a packed Grand High auditorium during Sam’s funeral.
"He was a good kid," Roedel said, "but so many didn’t realize it until after he was gone."
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