A community that desperately needed something to cheer for got precisely that on Friday night as Uvalde High School pulled off a miraculous victory in its first home game since the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary that left 19 children and two teachers dead. .
Those present observed a 21-second minute of silence before the game to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that tragic day in May.
Uvalde and CC Winn High School were locked in a close fight, tied 28-28 with just 36 seconds left. That’s when Uvalde broke free and raced 51 yards down the field to bring the ball to CC Winn’s 10-yard line. With just 17 seconds left on the clock, Uvalde’s senior winger Devon Franklin pulled off a spectacular one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone to give Uvalde the lead and the win.
This is absolute creepy stuff:
Uvalde High School won their first home game tonight 34-28.
—William Joy (@WilliamJoy) September 3, 2022
Uvalde’s two wins to open the season (they won on the road in their season opener) already match their win tally from the previous year. The symbolism of that first victory, a game won by Uvalde after scoring 21 points, was not lost on Eluterio Rendon, the father of Uvalde senior linebacker Justyn Rendon and the father of a child who survived. to the shooting at Robb Elementary.
“It was just a sign that the 21 angels are looking at this community and saying they are here, they are always here and they will always be here,” the elder Rendon told ABC News. “So that was a pretty, pretty special moment.”