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Tragedy & Courage at Sprague

Yesterday saw the full range of emotions for the football players at Sprague High School in Salem, and especially for Chad Jones.

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced that last Sunday, Marine Lance Cpl. Derek Jones, 21, and a graduate of Sprague, was killed last Sunday in Iraq.

 

His brother Chad, a senior at Sprague, and a captain of the team, reacted to a situation that would challenge the most seasoned veteran.

 

He led the team onto the field at McNary carrying an American flag. And while he normally anchors the defense, he played a little offense as well, scoring 2 TDs in the Olys 49-13 win to take over sole possession of first place in the Central Valley league.

 

"I know this is what my brother would have wanted." Chad said.

 

We should all be proud of the courage and determination put forth here. Regardless of anyone's thoughts on the current world situation, no one can bring Derek back. For that matter, neither Chad, or any of the rest of us, can make a change in the situation in Iraq in a day.

 

But the younger Mr. Jones did do all that he could, and he honored his brother. And reminded everyone again why we love high school football, and the great young men that play it with passion.

 

Check the links to articles published by the Statesman Journal here and here, and also available on the Sprague football team page for pictures and further information.

 

 

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