Playing with heavy hearts, No. 15 Fort Dorchester (North Charleston, S.C.) lost to longtime state power Dutch Fork, 35-22, on Thursday.
The game came days after the death of Fort Dorchester tight end Nick Dederick, according to multiple social media testimonies and a Go Fund Me account established for the family. No additional details have been released and school officials have not returned messages from USA TODAY High School Sports.
Fort Dorchester fell behind 21-0 and trailed 28-7 at halftime but cut the margin to 28-15 entering the fourth quarter. A mishandled snap on a punt gave Dutch Fork the ball at the Fort Dorchester 21 and Ron Hoff scored several plays later to push the margin to 20 points.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was moved up a day because of the weather.
A coordinated social media campaign in Dederick’s memory emerged this week on Twitter using the hashtag #85forLife. Fort Dorchester’s football Twitter account Tweeted about Dederick using the hashtag multiple times after the teen’s untimely death.
While Dederick leaves behind a grieving team, his passing is made more tragic by his personal life: He became a father in May with his girlfriend. Son Hudson Dederick is just three months old.
Here is a small sampling of the social media response to Dederick’s death: