Robstown Middle School football players paid tribute to late 13-year old Cameron Espinosa at their game in Flour Bluff Tuesday night.
Espinosa died Monday in the hospital, where he had been since last Wednesday after being stung by fire ants while playing in a Haas Middle School football game and suffering an allergic reaction.
Although he played for Haas Middle School, some of Espinosa's friends play for Robstown Middle School, and on Tuesday night, they dedicated their game to him.
Espinosa's friends described him as someone who had a passion for the game.
The game, between Robstown and Flour Bluff, began with a prayer for Espinosa's family. The number 66, the 13-year olds number, was worn on the football player's shoes and wrists in memory of their young friend.
Some of the players knew Espinosa by playing in the same football league with him. They are still in shock about his tragic death.
"I thought I would see him next weekend. I thought he was going to make it. I didn't think he would pass. He's too young. 13 years old," said Rudy Cantu and Adolfo Ramon.
"He always had a smile, always making us laugh on the sideline," Jimmy Cedillo said. "A heck of a football player. He passed away doing what he loved. Football."
Espinosa will be laid to rest on Thursday, but his impact on his fellow football players will certainly last.