Odessa High Football Player Battling Cancer Attends First Game Of The Season

Odessa High Football Player Battling Cancer Attends First Game Of The Season

Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - 17-year-old Dayton Dennard will have to miss being on the field for his senior year of football.
Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - 17-year-old Dayton Dennard will have to miss being on the field for his senior year of football.

"I'm not gonna worry about things I can't control so, I guess I just take the punches and keep going with it," Dennard said.

Dennard was recently diagnosed with leukemia, causing major changes in his high school plans.

Forcing him to stop playing football for Odessa High school.

"We wanna be successful and we're playing our season, it's dedicated to Dayton because the fact he is a senior and he's been a three-year-starter for us," said Odessa High Coach Ron King.

Coach King says after spending a month at Cook's hospital in Fort Worth, Dennard was able to be at Friday's game to support his football family.

While Coach King says not having Dennard out on the field is a loss, he's happy to have him there.

"It's hard to replace someone like Dayton when you have a young man of his caliber, the character that he has and the courage and athletic ability that he provided for us," Coach King said.

Coach King says this football season is dedicated to Dennard.

Dennard says he's flattered.

"All these guys on this time have worked very hard to be where they're at right now, I mean the guys are the fastest, the strongest and smartest they've ever been," Dennard said.

Dennard says he's thankful to be surrounded by support.

"Great people in my life from coaches to my family and my friends. All the support I mean, it's really easy to be strong when you have a great cast around you," Dennard said.

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