DUNCAN, OK - The score didn't matter in Thursday night's exhibition game between ECU and Redlands Community College. Players who knew Chris Lane said they played for one reason: to remember him.
"Hard worker. Very energetic kind of guy, always up tempo, never down," said Redlands player Kendall Emerson.
"Big event for him and for the community, I mean he deserves the recognition, he was a really good kid," said ECU player Brandon Maggia.
In memory of Lane, players wore the numbers he did at both schools: number 7 at ECU and number 2 at Redlands.
"It means a lot because we get to wear Lane's name on our back and he used to play for us of course and I was actually a teammate of him so it means a little more to me because I knew of him," said Emerson.
The idea for the game came when ECU president John Hargrave spoke to his athletic director about the game they already had scheduled with Redlands. They decided to make it a tribute to Lane.
"It was originally scheduled to be played at East Central in Ada, and we contacted Duncan to see if they'd be willing to host the game here at Duncan High and they were very excited to have it," said Hargrave.
Hargrave said they chose Duncan because they wanted to lift up the city where Lane lost his life.
"We felt like the city of Duncan needed something good to happen here and we wanted to make the statement that we believe in Duncan."
All proceeds collected from the game will go toward a memorial fund to provide a scholarship for a Duncan High School student. Players said this isn't the only game in which they'll remember their former teammate and friend.
"We'll be playing for him all year long," said Maggia. "Not just tonight."