I’d consider him my brother. I’m sure we all would.Cainin Richey, friend and teammate of Kegan Ennen
FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — North Central High School’s boys of fall return to the gridiron this week for practice, but a big piece of their team is missing.
That piece is Kegan Ennen, who died last December in a car crash, leaving behind a legacy as a star player and a true friend.
“Kegan was the greatest guy you could ever meet, if you could think of anyone to be your best friend, it’d be him,” said Peyton Seay, Kegan’s friend and teammate.
“Kegan, he was my best friend”:
“There’s so much I could say about him, he was just an all around great athlete, he could play just about any position on this team, he knew what he was doing,” said Cainin Richey, Kegan’s friend and teammate.
“Kegan, he was my best friend, and I remember the first time I saw him was in I think second grade in youth league football, and I saw this kid with really long hair and I was like, there’s no way he’s a football player,” said Gage Euratte, Kegan’s friend and teammate.
But he was a football player, and a good one at that.
He was the reason why I started playing football.Petyon Seay, friend and teammate of Kegan Ennen
“He definitely could’ve made college football if he wanted to, because his freshman year, I mean not too many freshman on that team got to play or even get started but he was always out there in any position they needed him to be in,” said Euratte.
Kegan’s friends say he inspired some of them to pursue football, making his absence on the field that much harder.
“He was the reason why I started playing football, I mean, fourth grade I went out there the first time, scared to death, he walked up to me said everything’s gonna be fine,” said Seay.
“It’s definitely different, because he was one of the main people that got me into starting football last year and him not being here, it’s rough,” said Richey.
Months after his passing, Kegan’s friends are left with memories of his passion…
He never leaves this field.Peyton Seay, friend and teammate of Kegan Ennen
“It was the North Daviess game last year, and he had a pick six, it was his first one I think, and he was super excited about that, when he ran it down he started jumping up and down and Nolting started freaking out,” said Richey.
…and have chosen to mirror that passion as the season draws near.
“We’re trying to make this season about him, be good for him, cuz that’s what he would want is to be successful for him and for everybody in the community and everything, so yeah we’re just playing our hearts out for him, cuz he loved the game,” said Keylin Thompson, Kegan’s friend and teammate.
A love of the game, and for his friends, that keeps Kegan’s spirit with the Thunderbirds.
“It’s like he’s sitting up there watching, cheering us on, playing with us, he never leaves this field,” said Seay.
The boys say they are hoping to have the No. 5 jersey hung over Kegan’s memorial bench in his honor every home game this season.