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Monroe football team honors fallen Brooks Co. players

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Rivals came together Friday night for a cause more important than a football game.

Before Monroe High School's first game, the team honored three players from opposing Brooks County who died in a crash in early July.

Monroe High School begins their season by honoring the Brooks County football players who lost their lives this summer.

"Somebody going's to leave happy and somebody's going to leave sad, but on that particular day this summer we all were sad by the loss of those kids. We want to make sure we reach out to them cause it could very easily been one of our kids in an accident like that," said Monroe Football Coach, Charles Truitt.

Johnie Parker, Shawn Waters, and Jicarre Watkins all died not far from Brooks County high after their car slammed into a tree July 9th. Coach Truitt says reaching out to the team and the players' families was a way to show their compassion.

"We knew going into this summer that we would have to face them on a very emotional night. This is their second game and this is our first, but I know their kids have probably have dedicated this season to the three young men," said Coach Charles Truitt.

The Monroe players and cheerleader presented the families with plaques and roses as a picture of the young men flashed across the screen.

"We been playing them for the last 4 years, sort of built a relationship with those kids and staff. It was shocking and really was hurting," said Coach Charles Truitt.

Coach Truitt says these teens will always be remembered. A moment of silence was also held in honor of the teens.

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