Teammates of Sean McNamee wore their hearts on their sleeves. Before kick-off everyone wore #2 t-shirts.
"We're thinking about him. He's in our prayers," said Wharton head coach David Mitchell.
For the entire Wharton family, Friday's game goes beyond football. It's the school's first home game since McNamee's accident on October 9th, when he was seriously injured diving for a ball before practice.
His head struck a paint machine, and he ended up in a coma.
"It is good to see everyone come together as a family, and I think the team's winning for Sean," said senior Nicole Keesee.
"We know he's here in spirit," Mitchell said.
As the wildcats battle Alonzo on the field, Sean continues his battle in the hospital. His father says he's regained consciousness after being placed in a medically-induced coma. He opened his eyes and squeezed some hands. His family remains by his side.
"When I heard it, we were all jumping up and down. We're so happy he was coming out of the coma," said Nicole Stannard, a senior.
These are small steps, on a long road ahead, but he has fans cheering him on all the way.
"Win or lose, everyone is here because they love Sean," Stannard said.
The school district and the McNamee family attorney are both investigating Sean's accident.
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