All Section VI Football Teams to Honor Passed Football Player

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - A week ago, a Brocton-Westfield football player was involved in a head-to-head injury on the field.

Several days later, he died as a result of the collision.

On Friday night, all Section VI football teams will honor Damon Janes at their games.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 high school football players will wear Janes' number 25 on their helmets. The "2" is royal blue for Westfield. The "5" is green for Brocton. Some players we talked to part in Section VI, are on the Depew Varsity team and the only connection they have to Janes is that they're in the same section.

"I think it just shows how Section VI, we're one whole group, we all play for different teams, wear different colors, but at the same time, we have one goal and we're all together," said Derrick Sekuterski a senior at Depew High.

Many players are unfamiliar with death as a result of an on-field collision.

"We talked to our players and if anyone had any questions or concerns we felt, we told them to feel to talk to us about it," said Brian Wilson, the head coach of the Depew varsity football team.

Wilson says all of his players feel comfortable taking the field. And even though they're studying the X's and O's before the game, they know they'll be thinking of Janes too. Section VI football will hold a moment of silence before each game.

"I think you learn to appreciate what you have and to love the people around you, to really truly enjoy life, the way you should, it can be taken from you in a moment's notice," said Anthony Buono, a senior on the team.

And a statement honoring Janes will be read too, which according to Jeffrey Ruby, the Section VI president says: "On behalf of the entire Section VI of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, we offer our deepest condolences and support to the family, friends and classmates of Damon Janes, including the School-Communities of Brocton, Westfield and Portville. Please know that you are in the hearts of the entire Western New York Athletic Community."

A spokesperson for the Janes family says they appreciate all the support. Brocton-Westfield, the team Janes played on has cancelled the game tonight. Instead, a candlelight tribute will be held at 9:30 p.m. at Brocton football field. Janes' funeral is tomorrow.

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