No white hat to honor fellow official

Posted: 18th October 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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As I was watching the Worthington football game Wednesday night at Trojan Field, I couldn’t help but notice something was a little different about the officiating crew.

There was no referee.

Now, I’ve seen a lot of football in my day. Enough to notice the head referee, or the official who announces the calls, wears a white hat.

In the Trojans’ game against Redwood Valley, there was no white hat.

So I asked one of the members of the chain gang what was going on. I was a little late to the game and thought maybe something had happened.

The person I asked didn’t know and thought the announcer mentioned a referee.

That was when the side judge turned a looked at me.

“He died.”

I was shocked. That was the last thing I expected to hear.

The regular official had passed away after a hunting accident.

To honor their fallen friend, whose funeral was earlier Wednesday, there was no “white hat” during the game.

The officiating crew did a great job during a very emotional time.

I couldn’t imagine going out and officiating a game after such a tragedy.

But they did to honor their fallen friend.