Ben Davis head coach shares powerful message with players from both teams after Warren Central game

Posted at 7:22 PM, Sep 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 10:50:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- High school football can be a competitive sport, but it also brings players together during difficult times. 

There are few rivalries as bitter as the one between the Warren Central Warriors and the Ben Davis Giants - but both schools have something in common - violence on the streets has either taken the life of or seriously injured players on their respective teams in recent months. 

Dijon Anderson, 18, a Warren Central High School senior and football standout, was shot along with two other students back in May. Anderson and another student both died from their injuries.

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Rondell Allen, 18, a Ben Davis senior was shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting at the end of July. He survived and was able to attend his first game since the shooting Friday night. 

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After Friday's game, both teams joined together at midfield as Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner shared a powerful message about coming together. 

"If we don't take care of each other and love each other, then nothing else really matters," said Kirschner. "This is just a game."

You can watch that message in the video player below. 


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