Utah youth football team wins for teammate who lost mother in Strip massacre

The Cedar City (Utah) Canyon Falcons play Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in remembrance of Heather Alvarado, who was killed in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shootings on the Las Vegas Strip. (NBC News)

Of all the football games that were played Saturday, not many of them have the story of a fourth-grade football team out of Cedar City, Utah.

In their final game of the season in Mesquite, the Falcons of Cedar City Canyon were determined to earn their first victory to help support their teammate, 9-year-old Albie Alvarado, who lost his mother, Heather, in Sunday’s massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Heather Alvarado went to all the Falcons’ games, said Albert Alvarado, Heather’s widower.

“She was up and down, running the field, screaming for them and cheering them on,” he said.

Albert Alvarado said the community’s support has been amazing.

In a game tied 0-0 in overtime, the Falcons scooped up a loose ball and scored the winning touchdown. Afterward, the team released balloons as a remembrance.

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