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High school football rivals meet, honor student killed

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Easley students wear Daniel Smith's number at the game. (Sept. 7, 2012/FOX Carolina) Easley students wear Daniel Smith's number at the game. (Sept. 7, 2012/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

You didn't have to look far Friday night to see reminders of Daniel Smith. At Easley High School, it was everywhere - from the parking lot, to the football field.

Smith was a freshman at the school, and a member of the junior varsity football team. Smith and his mother were shot and killed Aug. 30 at their home. Pickens County deputies said that Smith's step-father killed both before turning the gun on himself.

Friday night at Easley High, many were actively raising funds to cover the funeral costs for the funeral of Daniel and his mother. Many were wearing the number 51, Daniel's jersey number.

"He was just an energetic young man that flew around, and had a great time. Full of spirit and the kids are still carrying that on your know, even with him not here," said coach Andrew Appenheimer.

Daniel was also on the minds of Easley's rivals, Wren High School. Right as the game started Friday night, there was a tribute - a banner and plaque presented to the Easley team.

"When you lost a player, someone you love and care about, and your teammates are close to - it's one of those things where unless you've experienced it, you don't really know how to deal with it," said Wren football coach Jeff Tate.

Tate said that it's a show of love, among a rivalry.

"I'd feel bad if I didn't do it," Tate said.

"I wouldn't expect anything else from them," Appenheimer said. "They're wonderful people."

The donation drive to cover the funeral costs of Daniel Smith and his mother Sandy will continue. Donations are also being collected at Marathon Church in Greenville.

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