Posted on August 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Federal Way, Wash. -- The first Friday night game of the high school football season had special meaning at Federal Way High School. Students paid tribute to Tope Akinlosotu, a freshman who died earlier this month.
On August 5, Akinlosotu joined friends at Steel Lake. He slipped into the water, and did not come back up. Friend Rozelle Schwyhart said the 15-year-old did not how to swim. It took rescue teams nearly 30 minutes to find him.
"When I found out he was in the hospital I didn't know what to say. I couldn't believe it was him," said Schwyhart.
Akinlosotu had been the freshman class president, an honor student with straight A's, and a star athlete. One sport he played at Federal Way High was football. Friday night players and students paid tribute to him at the game by taking a moment of silence on the field. Every time the team scored a touchdown, they would point to the sky.
"We are trying to live like Tope, trying to learn the lessons he taught us in the short time he was with us," said Head Coach John Meagher.
The Federal Way High School Eagles won Friday's game against Rogers Rams, 41 to 14.