Aurora Players Honor Late Teammate at Semifinal Game

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PARMA, Ohio

At the state semifinals at Byers Field in Parma, the Aurora Greenmen were solemn.

The team, as well as the community, are grieving the loss of sophomore football player, Paul McGhee, 16.

"He was just like, an all around good guy.  You didn't even have to know him to know that.  It's just horrible," said Rachel DeVine, a classmate.

McGhee died Thanksgiving Day in a one-car crash in Aurora, one day before the game.

The Greenmen chose to still play, but not before a tribute to McGhee from the team.

Four co-captains walked onto the field with McGhee's jersey between them.

There was also a moment of silence from the stadium.

According to the students at Aurora, they met Thursday night and decided together, collectively, as a student body to wear white bandanas and white ribbons in McGhee's honor.

The players also wore special black jerseys to honor McGhee.  They also had the number #57 on their helmets.

"They're playing for him, and they wanna win it for him," said Amber Hydash, a classmate.

"We want Paulie to know that we are gonna win this game for him.  And even if we don't, we still thought about him, and he's still in our hearts," added Amanda Cockrell, a classmate.

In the end, the Greenmen lost to the Avon 43-20.

There is a public memorial service Sunday afternoon at Aurora High School, with a service to follow.

McGhee will be buried privately on Monday.

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