Cherokee HS Pays Tribute to Fallen Football Player | News
Canton, Ga.-- On a night when showers and lightning smothered North Georgia, a Cherokee County high school started its football season and paid tribute to a fallen player in the process.
"This is a still a small community," said PA announcer Ed Ragsdale, "and people come together at times of need."
Ronnie Palcer liked rain and loved football. He starred for the Cherokee HS football team, and he had charisma and kindness to match his on-field talents.
"He was into the football team," recalled his father, Ron Palcer, "always making the best of the team."
"He made us very proud."
Just three days after graduation, Palcer was working out at the gym when he collapsed. Shortly after, he was pronounced dead at the age of 17.
Friday night was the Warriors' season opener -- and Ronnie's tribute. His coach spoke about Ronnie's work ethic; his sister spray-painted his uniform number #42 onto the field; and his teammates put up a banner in the stands in his honor.
Despite the conditions, it was a perfect tribute to a beloved athlete.