At Lincoln Financial Field, 2 NJ high schools finish football game stopped by gunfire

Andrew Kramer
November 20, 2019 - 8:09 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two South Jersey high school football teams whose playoff game was interrupted Friday night by gunfire finished that game Wednesday with heavy hearts after learning the 10-year-old boy who was shot in the stands died from his injuries. One of the people in custody, Alvin Wyatt, is now charged with murder.

Normally, Pleasantville High School junior Ernest Howard wears number two when he plays football, but for the final 17 minutes of this playoff game against Camden High School at Lincoln Financial Field, he had a different number.

"Ten is for Micah. This number is in honor of him," Howard said. 

Some players on each team wore patches with the number 10 on it, while others had Micah's name written on their helmets. They learned of Micah Tennant's death earlier in the day, and a moment of silence was held on the field as the players locked arms. 

Then it was time to play football. 

"It's a lot of ups and down in life. You might get knocked down one day but you need to get up the next day," Howard added. 

And despite everything they've been through this past week, you could tell the students were loving playing on the same field as the Eagles, who made a surprise appearance. 

"For us, it's just try to bring them some joy, try to bring them some hope and try to put a smile on their face and hopefully they can compete and have some fun," said Eagles' Carson Wentz.

Camden won the game that was open to family members but closed to the public.