STOUGHTON, Mass. – Something to smile about.
That’s what Greg Burke and the Stoughton High football team wanted to give the family of David Wade.
Last Saturday, Wade, who wore #56 for the Black Knights, lost his life less then 24 hours after Stoughton’s romp over Mansfield.
On Friday, teammates and classmates honored Wade, dawning football decals with 56 on their helmets and many fans wearing black t-shirts with the number 56 on it, less than a week after losing their friend.
The Black Knights put on a performance worthy of a smile, shutting out the Foxboro Warriors, 20-0, in their first Davenport Division match up.
“He’s with us,” Burke said of Wade after the game. “You don’t lose a guy in a week and forget about him.”
Stoughton played inspired football from the opening whistle, taking their first drive 53 yards capped off by a 40-yard run from senior Marcus Middleton.
The defense played arguably one of their best games of the season, limited Foxboro running back to just 109 yards and no scores. Howard has a league-leading 12 touchdowns on the year.
“All I know is that I wanted to do it for Dave,” Middleton said.
Middleton helped seal the deal, catching a 67-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that put Stoughton ahead 20-0.
Less than 12 hours before the game, the team attended Wade’s funeral.
“We pretty much held each other up,” Imani Pina, who forced two turnovers and scored a touchdown, said. “We had to come out here and do it for Dave.”
The season will continue to be played in honor of Wade, as the 5-0 Black Knights travel to North Attleboro next week.