In a show of solidarity and as a symbol of respect for Warren Hills Regional High School quarterback Evan Murray, who died after being injured in a football game, players from two Central Jersey leagues will wear specially designed helmet decals for the remainder of the season beginning this weekend.
In addition, football-playing schools from the Mid-State 38 Conference, of which Warren Hills is a member, and the Greater Middlesex Conference will honor Murray with a moment of silence before or during all games this weekend.
Teams will have the option of holding a moment of silence before kickoff or during a stoppage of play exactly 18 minutes (real time, not scoreboard clock) after the start of each contest, with the 18-minute mark reflecting Murray’s jersey number.
The helmet decals, which Riddell designed and is donating to approximately 6,000 players at more than 60 schools, displays a blue lightning bolt, symbolic of the Warren Hills Blue Streaks’ logo, piercing Murray’s No. 18 in white numerals across a black backdrop.
“It’s only a football game. Sometimes we live and die with it, but something like this really puts things in perspective. Evan was a great football player and from all indications a great human being. I think it’s nice that all Mid-State 38 games stop at the same time in order to honor one of our former student-athletes that unfortunately passed.”
Voorhees will play at Warren Hills on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a game that was originally scheduled for the previous night, according to Voorhees Athletics Director Al Stumpf. The contest was supposed to be Warren Hills’ Homecoming Game, but the school district has postponed all homecoming activities until further notice, according to its website.