Landrum honors Cole Quinn Friday

Published 3:37 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2008

&dquo;We at the school questioned whether to cancel the game tonight,&dquo; he said.

But it was the woman standing next to him who assured school officials that the game should go on.

Her son, Cole Quinn, would&squo;ve wanted it that way, she said.

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The Landrum football game was dedicated to Quinn, who died in a car accident last week.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Quinn&squo;s family and the other two students who were injured in the accident, Josh Allen and Bradley Starnes. Allen is still in ICU, but Starnes was at the game, wearing a neck brace.

At halftime, Sherman gave Allen her son&squo;s junior varsity jersey, which he wore last season. Quinn, a defensive and offensive lineman, wore No. 65.

Sherman and the rest of the school gave the jersey to Allen with &dquo;pride and heavy hearts,&dquo; Sherman said.

The band also honored Quinn on Friday night by wearing black bands on their sleeves.

As Allen and other family members climbed back on the Gators to leave the field, the only sound was the purr of the engines. There was no sound from the large crowd, not even from those students holding up signs with Cole&squo;s name on them.

The stadium, which just moments before had been alive with cheers and conversation, fell silent in respect for three students who had the full attention of a community.