School football teams gather in the middle of the field to pray as player's grandmother, 74, collapses in stands
Dolly Joyce Dodgen collapsed just moments after seeing her grandson score a game-defining 2-point conversion
Texas high school football player Ethan Davis has had a devastating year. First, the Hawley native lost his mother to cancer. But things were on the up once again and the 18-year-old was rebuilding his life with grandparents Dolly Joyce Dodgen and Leonard Dodgen when tragedy struck again.
On Saturday, November 2, 74-year-old Dolly was attending her grandson's Friday night football game at his Forsan High School when she suddenly collapsed. She had just watched her Ethan catch a 2-point conversion and put his team up 16-0 when she suddenly suffered a heart attack.
According to People, the game was temporarily halted as paramedics rushed to the scene in an ambulance and desperately tried to save the 74-year-old's life. Dolly was rushed to a nearby hospital in Big Spring, but the heart attack ultimately proved fatal.
As the horrifying incident unfolded in the stadium, the match was all but forgotten, with players on both sides showing solidarity with Ethan. Coaches and players from both teams huddled together and prayed for the 18-year-old as well as his grandmother, with the touching moment captured on camera by the home team's assistant principal, Rebecca Madina.
In a Facebook post where she shared the heartwarming photo, Madina wrote, "So last night, under the Friday light lights, we received a vivid reminder of the unpredictability of life. In the middle of the football game, all activity stopped as a fan from the opposing school collapsed in the stands. A literal silence fell over the entire stadium as paramedics rushed to help."
"In the midst of the unknown and the worry, our Forsan Buffaloes walked across the field to join the Hawley players and they all prayed together," she continued. "So many times these kids/young people are criticized for the way they are, but last night they showed us how things are done. I'm so proud of these kids. I love them dearly and certainly look up to them in times like this."
The game would resume, but bad news reached the teams by the third quarter. It was announced that Dolly had passed away at the hospital with her grandson and husband by her side. Ethan's game-defining 2-point conversion would be the last thing she witnessed before her death.
A GoFundMe page was set up in the family's name to help raise money to pay for the 74-year-old's funeral expenses. At the time of writing, it had already managed to raise $2,734 of its $5,000 goal within the span of a single day.
KTXS reported that Dolly's funeral took place at 10 am on Tuesday, November 6.