May 22, 2006
Team members and friends were balancing tonight's game with their memories of one of their friends killed Friday night in a car accident.
Walking into Albemarle High School's Monday night game, the number 17 was everywhere. It was the number Nolan Jenkins wore for the Albemarle Patriots. Jenkins died in a car accident on Friday night.
His friends say they had to be at the game.
"This is where i need to be. This is where Nolan would be. He'd be right out there getting ready to score the first goal," said Albemarle High School senior Jack Graves.
Some people can't believe a friend they've known since elementary school is gone.
"It's kind of unreal..I can't really accept it right now. It's still like you're going to see the kid's face walking around the corner, or driving his same blue car," said senior Austin Headrick.
Several close friends painted themselves with Nolan's number 17 as a sign of their friendship.
"Nolan was the most loyal friend out of all of us. He would stick by your side through thick and thin," commented Graves.
"Hopefully they're going to come out with a win for Nolan," said Headrick.
The Patriots came out with that win tonight. The final score was ironically 17 to 0.