More than football: High school game takes on special meaning

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Players on the field and people in the stands were praying for the recovery of one student and remembering the life of another as the Mentor Cardinals took on the Brunswick Blue Devils Friday night.

The varsity game began with a moment of silence for 17-year-old Riley Pearson, a Mentor High School senior who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

Supporters wore purple shirts in her honor, including supporters on the Brunswick side of the field.

As Mentor's varsity team took the field, they were praying for the recovery of 14-year-old Matt Gianfagna, who was injured Thursday night after a hard hit during a freshman game against Brunswick at Mentor High School. He was released from the hospital on Friday.