BALTIMORE (WJZ) – After a season filled with sadness, the Mervo High School team left the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with their first 4A/3A State championship title.
Their teammate, Elijah Gorham, wearing number seven, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a game in September. 17 years old died in October.
Since his death, Gorham’s teammates have rallied around his mother, Shantres Shaw.
Shaw said: “Watching young men do that is exceptional.
Shaw says getting into the “ship,” or championship, is her son’s goal.
Leading up to Thursday night, several football players on the team made a promise to Elijah to not only win the championship, but win it.
“You know if Elijah was here he would make it happen and they said ‘we get it’ and they did,” Shaw said.
Mervo won 22-13 against Dundalk.
Although Elijah was not on the field that night, his teammates brought the number 7 shirt to the field in his honor.
“Through adversity, oftentimes, people come together,” said Mervo High School Athletic Director Patrick Nixon say wednesday. “I think we’ve come a lot closer because of the loss of Elijah.”
On Friday night, ‘#7Strong’ flashed at the entrance to Mervo High School. Another honor for Elijah.
Shaw said: “My son is a gift from God to me, Elijah Gorham will live forever.
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