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Poconos community rallies to support football players severely injured in crash

Pocono Mt. East back on the field

Saturday night, a high school football team in the Poconos took the field for the first time since two players were critically hurt in a car crash.

Under the Saturday night lights at Pocono Mountain East High, the game started with a moment of silence

"A horrible situation, yeah," said Diane Schafer, whose son played football with both victims. "He's very upset about it, but all we can do is pray that they recover and get back to the way they were."

Tuesday night, a violent crash critically injured two Pocono Mountain East football players. Steven Dienno is the team's quarterback; Justin Bullock is a fullback and linebacker.

Outside the game, students and parents -- many of whom don't even know the victims -- raised cash. As of Friday afternoon, boosters had already raised more than $1,600.

"We're raising money for the families," said student Taylor Yacuboski. "All the medical expenses and everything."

The coach had to make the difficult to decision to go on with this game.

"I'm glad to see the game went on, actually," said parent Anthony Jordan. "I felt like that was an important decision."

It's a funny thing about tragic events. They often have a silver lining.

"It's really brought everyone together -- all the schools," said Schafer.

Donations can be mailed directly to: ESSA Bank & Trust, 975 Route 390, Cresco, PA.

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