Love for Aaron: Joshua, Cleburne Come Together for Fallen Player

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JOSHUA, TX -- At face value, it could've passed for a normal Friday night in Joshua this week.

There was one more night of football, one more chance to hear the marching band, and one more opportunity to see the Joshua Sweetheart Dance Team.

If you looked closer, though, you'd notice the telltale signs that something was different at JHS.

There was a sign reading 'Joshua Plays for 33,' blue ribbons were being sold for a dollar, and a spot in the band section was filled with flowers for 'Aaron.'

Oh, and if you missed the pregame, the Owls didn't sprint onto the field, flying high and pumped for their Senior Night game. They walked in straight rows of four or five players, the group in the front holding a #33 jersey.

That was the jersey that belonged to Aaron Singleton.

A sophomore athlete and musician at Joshua, Singleton died less than 24 hours before the game. He took a hard hit in the school's Thursday night JV game, had a seizure on the sideline, and never recovered.

Cleburne High School, the Owls' opponent both Thursday and Friday, understood. They lost sophomore football player Rolando Cassio in 2014. This should've been Cassio's final regular season game of his Jackets' career, but instead his team was honoring what was lost on the other sideline.

Football is a family, so not only were Cleburne's fans understanding of the situation. They watched their boys play while wearing Joshua blue.

As for the rest of the community, a GoFundMe has been set up for the Singleton family, raising more than $20,000 in a single day.

As for Aaron, the 15-year-old will love on through organ donation.

In Joshua, the loss of one meant the unity of thousands. Here's to 33.