Haas Middle School football players returned to the field Wednesday for their first game since the tragic death of their teammate, 13-year old Cameron Espinosa.
Espinosa died days after suffering an allergic reaction after he was bitten by fire ants during a game in the Haas Middle School football field.
On Wednesday night, football players and fans joined together in a moment of silence for Espinosa, followed by the team cheering for 66, Espinosa's number. Then, as fans in Warrior green cheered them on, the teammates hit the turf for the first time since the tragic accident.
Parents said they were there to support the young football players who have been through so much.
"I have my makeup teared because I was crying before I walked into the field," said Ruby Lopez, the parent of one of the players. "Still bothering us. Very close. My son was next to him. Told my son he wasn't feeling good. Something was wrong."
"He's very strong. Something so tragic, amazing to see him go back on the field, play football," said Daisy Flowers, a players sister. "Amazing to see him play again."
"It's going to lift their spirits," said Cynese Archie, a players parent. "They are playing and representing for Cameron. It's pretty cool."
3News was there as the Warriors made their first touchdown of the night, bringing fans to their feet.
Medical personnel watched the game from the sidelines in case they were needed -- a welcomed sight for parents. In the meantime, the Corpus Christi Independent School District has hired a third-party to conduct an independent review to see if the district needs to change any of their policies and procedures in the wake of Espinosa's tragic passing.
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