(MCPHERSON) - Saturday, October 26th marked the first time Tabor College and McPherson College football players met on the field since the death of Tabor player Brandon Brown. Last September, Brown attended a party which ended with a fight that ultimately took his life. The incidents following lead to the arrests of two McPherson College football players. Last year's game between the two teams was cancelled.
"It was the right thing to do,” said Tabor’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics & Enrollment, Rusty Allen of the break. “Obviously it's time to move forward and I think time brings healing and hope and playing this game is a sign of that.”
While specific details on just what happened that night are not completely known, both schools believe the time is right to bring football back.
"I think both schools are still healing and it takes time, we're both sensitive,” said McPherson President Michael Schneider. “I think it's a lot to say that we're playing football today and both schools are excited to do that.">
Officials from both schools say they’ve been working behind the scenes to make sure students were ready for the game, even beefing up security in case there were any problems at the game, however some students say the best way to honor Brown’s name is to take all their feelings to the field.
"I think that he'd want us to be playing, you know? He'd want us to be out here playing for him and everyone knows that,” said former Tabor quarterback Simon McKee. “We don't got a bunch of Brandon Brown stuff, but everyone knows just in the back of their minds he's out there with us and we're playing for him today."
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