LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR News) — The E.C. Glass Hilltoppers had their first football game of the season Friday evening. This is their first season after two of their players were shot back in May.
It was their benefit game to get ready for next week’s kickoff. The game did not go in E.C. Glass’ favor, but the team made sure to honor their fallen peer.
Dre’yon “Biggs” Browley died in the May shooting. His name was brought up before, during, and after the game.
The team “broke on 13”, Dre’yon’s old number, in warmups. Head Coach Jeff Woody says he hopes Dre’yon’s legacy will push his guys to bring the energy he expects on the field, especially during tough games.
“I’ll definitely make sure I mention it when we get to halftime,” Woody said. “Obviously ‘turn me up’ was a statement that Biggs used to always use and we’ve got to turn it up a notch, especially with the opponent that we’ve got.”
Justin Bartlett, the other victim in the shooting, wasn’t able to make it to the game. However, Woody says Bartlett has been at practice with the team.
Bartlett told WFXR’s Ford Carson he definitely plans on being at the first home game to show his support.
The first regulation game of the season is against Charlottesville on Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m.