BUFFALO, Minn. (KMSP) - It was the Homecoming football game at Buffalo High School against Roger High School, but instead of stands decked out brightly in school colors, spectators from both teams wore gray in honor of a teacher, who unexpectedly passed away this year.
Durand Onell taught at both Buffalo High School and Rogers High School. The Spanish teacher and football assistant coach had worked at Rogers for 11 years. Onell had nearly completed his first year at Buffalo, when he passed away from asthma complications in March. Since gray represents asthma awareness, students and fans were encouraged to wear gray to the game.
Before kickoff, the two teams gathered on the field to watch a short video of the beloved teacher and listen to others share words about his impact on the two schools.
Together, the two schools united in grief, putting the competition of the game aside, to remember their teacher and coach.
Onell bracelets were also sold at the game. Proceeds will go toward the Durand Onell scholarship fund.