After Ky. football player dies, rival team raises money for grieving family

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – High school students in Hopkinsville put a bitter rivalry aside to raise money for the family of a teenager who died last week.

A group of Christian County High School football players carried helmets around to every classroom Wednesday to raise money for the family of Jayvon Quarles.

Quarles, a senior and football player for the rival Hopkinsville High School, was killed before practice last Thursday when a heavy piece of equipment fell on him.

Christian County High students raised $1,254 for Quarles’ family.

“We had a tragedy last year and they were kind of by our side through the whole thing,” said Christian County senior Wyatt Langhi. “It’s almost like returning a favor. But at the same time, it’s the right thing to do.”

Christian County principal Chris Bentzel says there’s a time for competition and a time for solidarity.

“It’s great to be competitive. It’s great to want to win. But to a certain extent, you have to make sure you do what’s best for kids and families in a time of need,” Bentzel said.

News 2 learned late Wednesday night that the little brother of Quarles, who wore the No. 37 on his jersey, has decided to switch his own jersey number and take on his brother’s. The freshman football player also attends Hopkinsville High.

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