More than any other year, football has been a refuge for Reed Hughes and his family.
Hughes, a senior linebacker for the Conway Wampus Cats, along with his father, Greg, an assistant coach for the Wampus Cats, and his sister, Hailey, lost their “No. 1 fan” a week before the season started. Reed’s mother, Kim, passed away Aug. 21.
“Football this season has been different without my mom,” Reed Hughes said. “She was always there to hug me after the game, and it really is hard not to see her smiling on that field. No matter how sick she was or what she had going on, she was always in the bleachers smiling and cheering me on. But the loss of her has really given me something to fight for this season.
“Football has been that escape for us to forget the harshness of what is going on in our lives and put our focus into something else. She told me right before she passed to win it all for her and ‘hit someone hard for your mom.’ I have played my heart out for my mom this se... Click here to read full article