BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One football team in Region 8 wants the Batesville Pioneers to know the Northeast Arkansas community supports them.
Tragedy struck the Pioneers and the Batesville community Monday when they lost two teenage boys in a car wreck.
Tuesday, the community gathered together to mourn the loss of Camdon Osborn and Will Olson while also praying for the recovery of four other players involved in the wreck.
The Blytheville Chickasaws want to show their support and love for the Pioneers during this time.
The Chickasaws will wear a sticker with the Pioneer colors on the back of their helmets Friday. Coaches will wear orange ribbons at the game as well.
Blytheville knows this is just a small token, but they want Batesville to know they have support from their 5A football conference family.
"We just come together as a community," Chickasaw player Henry Lucas said. "We support you all and you all are definitely in our prayers."
Lucas is a senior football player and is no stranger to loss. Just last year he lost a fellow basketball teammate.
"When you play sports it is kind of like a brotherhood and so when you lose a brother it's like losing your kin, so it hurts," Lucas said.
Lucas said support from your team, family, school and others is vital.
"It feels good to know some other people support you," Lucas said.
Lucas knows Batesville is hurting and wants them to know they are not alone.
"We know they are also a family like us and we just played them so it's hard and we support them," Lucas said.
The Batesville High School Principal David Campbell said the team is standing strong together.
"Our team is obviously going to pull together," Campbell said. "We have an unbelievable group of coaches that care deeply about the young men, not only as athletes but as young men."
Campbell said they are taking this tragedy step-by-step and he appreciates all the love and prayers.
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