Updated: 08/27/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 10:25 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
There was a mix of adrenaline, grief and understanding at the Minneapolis South High School football game Wednesday night.
The team played one player short. Fifteen-year-old sophomore Ska-kym Adams drowned in Lake Nokomis earlier this month. The drowning happened when Adams was going to cool off in the lake after training for the team's first game of the season.
Before kick-off Wednesday, South High honored Adams' memory by presenting his family with letter jacket and jersey number 17. Adams' mother was overwhelmed by the gesture.
The cheerleaders also held 17 roses and held signs for number 17.
It wasn't just south fans with heavy hearts. Their opponents, from Eden Prairie, are pulling for one of their own.
According to Eden Prairie news, incoming sophomore Adam Daggs was hit while riding his bike one day after Adams drowned.
"Not only are we hurting, they're hurting too. They have a player too that's very injured," said Kimberly Adams, Ska-Kym Adam’s mother.
Daggs’ injuries included fractured neck bones and bleeding in his brain. He is expected to survive.