COALFIELD, Tenn. (WVLT) - Two rivals took the field Friday night, united behind the memory of a player who loved both communities.
16 year-old Brady Walls died when he fell out of the back of a pick-up on his way home from a hunt.
In high school, he played football for Coalfield his freshman year, and Oliver Springs his sophomore year.
On Friday night, they matched up in Coalfield for the first time since his death. The game took on a more somber tone.
Heidi Davis, a cheerleader for Oliver Springs who was close to Walls, said the best way to pay tribute was to come together.
"Just by cheering both teams on, because he was from both schools, and he pulled us together," said Davis.
You could see signs of Walls everywhere, from T-shirts, dog tags, down to helmet decals. The 12-yard line was painted yellow for the Bobcats, and the 33-yard line was painted orange for Coalfield. Those were his numbers at each school.
"It's something that you wish you never would see. But at the same time, it's nice," said his aunt Stacie Weems.
This was the first football game his family had gone to since his death.
The match-up brought up memories of last year's game when Walls suited up in the Oliver Springs purple and battled Coalfield, the town he grew up in, for the first time.
"He was all ball, he didn't care if he was your cousin, brother, whatever, he was gonna hit you. Then they all hugged afterward, and that was a hard game too," said Weems.
"It was a two to three second hug with all the boys because Brady loved everybody, and everybody loved him," said Coalfield Athletic Director Shawn Basler.
The cheerleaders stood side-by-side holding balloons, both purple and orange. Just minutes before kick-off, his brothers on both sides gathered on the field to pray.
"There still a lot of hurt going on between both these communities, I hope that everybody can find a little bit of peace," said Basler.
But once the game kicked off, there was no love lost between the two rivals, but they were playing for something more this time.
Brady's family donated a trophy that will go to the winner of the Coalfield-Oliver Springs rivalry game, now called the "Brady Walls Classic."
Coalfield won the game 45-7 to take home the trophy. But both teams will continue to honor Brady for the rest of the season, and years to come.