Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 21, 2012

Through thick and thin: East football players find friendship through tragedy


Nov. 21, 2012 —

“Zack and Jacob’s perseverance hasn’t been ‘on the bulletin board’ for everyone to see,” Moore said. “It’s the fact that they haven’t allowed the tragedy to alter their course or keep them from being successful.”

Moore continued:

“That says a ton about what type of people they are and about the strength of their character.”

Having made it through such tough times into stronger young men, Gray and Cathey are grateful for the recognition they garnered last week at the EKC Banquet at Carter Caves.

“Football is everything to me. I eat, breathe and sleep football,” Gray said. “I'm extremely honored to get this award.”

“This award means a lot to us,” Cathey said. “It helps people understand that as hard as football already is, that when you go through something like what he had to, it makes it that much harder.”

Solid support from those who care about you can make all the difference when dealing with tragedy.

Cathey and Gray closed by thanking those who helped provide a shoulder to lean on during the past few years.

“I would just like to say that I love Jacob like he's my brother,” Cathey said. “He's a great friend and I couldn't have gotten through this without him. I would also like to thank Coach Moore and all of my coaches for the support.”

“I would just like to say thank you to coach Moore and the coaching staff for everything they have done for Zack and I,” Gray said.

Grant Stevens can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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