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Denton Guyer plays first game since loss of teammate

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DENTON, Texas -

The Denton Guyer Wildcats played their first game since the death of teammate Nate Maki.

The game came hours after his funeral at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle. Maki was killed Saturday night in a hunting accident.

"This morning was tough but I feel like we finally have closure," said Tyler Smith, Nate's best friend and teammate. He scored the first touchdown and gave the football to Maki's parents.

Smith says Nate was always a positive influence. "He would always make you laugh. I don't think I had ever seen the kid angry or upset. He was always smiling," said Smith.

Other teammates say even though Maki is gone, they have found strength by knowing him as a friend.

"I miss him. My heart's broken. But I've been leaning on God. God's been there for me really strongly and I couldn't do it without him," said teammate Logan Helal.

Colleyville Heritage also wore Maki's #33 on their uniforms to honor him.

"The Denton community's been great. The coaching fraternity has been great," said Denton Guyer Head Coach John Walsh. He first thought the game should have been canceled. After talking with the players and particularly Maki's parents, they said the game must go on.

The Denton Guyer Wildcats won the game 35-14 over the Colleyville Heritage Panthers.

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