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PCS Tributes Next Football Game to Fallen Teammate

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Despite losing a teammate just four days ago, the Presbyterian Christian High School football team fights through adversity by playing hard for No. 9.

"We really miss you man, and it won't be the same without you but we'll keep going," says PCS senior quarterback Rand Henderson.

Ryan McLeod was a starting inside linebacker for PCS.

He was also the team's leading tackler.

But he will be remembered by his teammates as a friend.

"I was a good friend," says Henderson. "I wasn't a best friend of Ryan's, but I was a good friend of him."

"I was probably one of his best friends," says PCS junior center Jace Broom.

"At practice he was always pumping everybody up, running around," says Henderson. "He just looked forward to it everyday. He was a great guy."

"He was a great player, great friend," says Broom.

After helping his team hand Simpson Academy its first loss of the season, the Purvis native was already talking about the team's next game.

"Ryan told me after the game Friday night, 'Coach, I want to make 25 tackles against Sumrall," says PCS head football coach Joey Hawkins.

The next night authorities pronounced 17-year-old Ryan Jacob McLeod dead at the scene of a one-vehicle accident.

Less than a week later, his team prepares to take the field without him for the first time - a game the Bobcats tribute to No. 9.

"Ryan played hard and that's what we're going to do," says Hawkins. "I told the kids to just fight for 48 minutes with everything in you. That's all we ask."

"Win or lose, we're going out there and we're playing for him," says Henderson.

"I love him, and we're playing for him," says Broom.

PCS travels to Sumrall for a 7 p.m. contest on Friday.

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