PLUM (KDKA) -- In the Plum locker room Friday night before the kickoff of the Plum-Connellsville game, there was a prayer and a moment of silence for an assistant Plum football coach who was found dead in his home in New Kensington on Monday. Foul play was not expected.
52-year old Lorenzo Freeman was a well-liked and respected Plum defensive line coach.
"Everybody's fighting for each other tonight...that's the only way he would want it...let's go win one for this man, let's go," Head Coach Matt Morgan told the team.
Many of Freeman's family members and relatives were at the game. Freeman played college football at Pitt, before entering the NFL, and playing for four years with the Steelers.
"It's a very special for moment for us all, which we always knew...'cause we grew up with him, how much he was loved," Freeman's brother, John, said.
The Plum Mustangs scored early and scored often. Plum scored its first victory of the season over Connellsville, the final score was 52-14.
Morgan said he and Freeman attended the Pitt game last Saturday. And, he appeared to be in good Heath.
"We were messing around, joking around, he was hanging around with my parents....like we did every Pitt game," he said.
Morgan said the Mustangs played their hearts out Friday night, and Coach Freeman would be proud.
"I'm glad they're honoring this man and playing them hearts out right now, and the results are where they're supposed to be; he wasn't only a mentor for the kids; Freeman was a mentor for me, he used to come and watch me play," he said.
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