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Hillcrest, Highland to take field together, honoring late coach Brown

Hillcrest, Highland to take field together, honoring late coach Brown (Photo: Courtesy Brown family)

(KUTV) Hillcrest High School's football team will get back out on the football field after losing its popular and beloved football coach.

Coach Cazzie Brown, 43, passed away with his wife and three kids by his side on Sunday night due to complications of the West Nile virus, according to a family spokesman.

It turns out this week's opponent happens to be Brown's former team: The Highland Rams. He helped coach at Highland for five years before coming to Hillcrest last season.

Hillcrest Principal Gregory Leavitt, said it is not a coincidence the two teams are playing each other.

"That is non coincidental for a man with high hope and high faith. That is non coincidental. It's just a beautiful serendipitous that has happened to our community," Leavitt said.

Highland coach Brody Benson said fans can still expect a battle on the field -- but there will be a lot of respect and unity in this game.

Benson said both teams will come out hand-in-hand and will do cheers together. Fans are also being asked to all wear white in honor of Brown.

"In the end we are going to put our arm around each other and remember him and hopefully all the things we learned from him," Benson said.

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