WATERVILLE, Minn. - Friends and teammates of Brady Hruska gathered Sunday at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School, the school where Brady was a well-liked, three-sport athlete.
"He was the nicest guy anyone could ask for," said Nolan Grose.
Grose and Hruska were both seniors at W-E-M and teammates on the football team. They were together with three other people in a hunting boat went it capsized early Saturday morning. Four of them made it to shore, but Brady never surfaced.
"It was a typical morning and then it happened so fast," said Grose. "We were in the ambulance and it was just the four of us. It's tough."
On Saturday night, the football team played on despite Hruska, but fans and players wore lime green in his honor.
"We knew we had to play for him," said Nolan, who wore Brady's jersey in the game. "The community came together and the game meant everything."
The Bucs pulled out the section playoff win over Medford, but it was more than a playoff game. Instead, it became a tribute to Brady .
"We will take it day by day," said Nolan. "Football isn't important now. It's all about being with family and each other."
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