Friday's high school football game against rival Webb City was postponed until Saturday because of a tragedy that struck on Wednesday. During practice, held in the gym due to the outside heat, one of Joplin's players, 16-year-old, fell victim to cardiac event. He was transported to the hospital, but he did not survive. Much has been said of the heartbreak our players and coaches, as well as other students, teachers, friends, and family members have experienced during the past few days as they have dealt with the shock of losing #63.
Joplin won in a high-scoring game against a team known as a football empire, marking Joplin's first win over Webb City since 1990, their first win in Webb City since 1941, and Webb City's second regular season loss at home since 2004. The final score was 35-28, which - coincidentally - adds to 63.