by Dave Warner

The boy’s varsity football team lost 32-12 to Herkimer on Saturday, but it was a clear win for Connor Gage where more than $6,500 was raised in his memory by both schools.

The “Never Walk Alone Fund” was founded by friends and family which, among other things, benefits both districts through a scholarship awarded at graduation.

This week both school communities unified to raise money by collecting “Coins for Connor.” Each school collected change all week and the total amount raised was donated to Connor’s scholarship fund.

According to Little Falls Assistant District Superintendent and Athletic Director Bart Tooley, “The idea was that the principal from the school that raised the least amount of money had to wear the jersey from the team that raised the most amount of money.”

Money continued to be raised during the game, so additional funds will be added to that initial total. “It isn’t done because today we’re raising money selling bracelets for Connor and that’s just an amazing thing,” he said. “It really shows that Connor brought us all here today for a greater good and that’s to raise money for scholarships and other great things that that money is going to go for,” said Tooley.

In addition, there was a “Cans for Connor” food drive at the game with the donations benefiting the food pantries of both Little Falls and Herkimer.

As for the game, Coach Bryan Shepardson said, “Too many mistakes today and they did a good job capitalizing. We just couldn’t get over the hump. We hung in, but they did a good job of making some key conversions. It was a tough day with the heat and they were able to just stay ahead of us. They outlasted us.”

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