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Huron football player Jimmy Williams was killed last November in a car accident in South Carolina.

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Football: Huron practice opens with heavy hearts (PHOTOS)

Huron players will wear stickers on their helmets with Jimmy Williams' number 2 to honor their fallen teammate. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski

It was with a heavy heart that the Huron football team took the field Monday afternoon for its first day of practice.

The Chiefs are without Jimmy Williams; a well-liked and talented teammate who was killed last November in an automobile accident in South Carolina.

The 16-year-old high school junior was traveling with his family when their vehicle was struck by a driver operating under the influence. The other occupants of the vehicle, including his father James, who is a former publisher of Heritage Media, were injured, but only Jimmy perished.

Last season, as a junior, Williams recorded a team-leading 73 tackles as a defensive back for Huron. He was also a member of the school’s basketball and track teams.

Huron Head Coach Dan Kalbfleisch said dealing with Williams’ absence is difficult for the squad, but he said the Chiefs will work hard to honor and remember their former teammate.

“You can’t replace Jimmy Williams (but) there’s going to be a football season, so we’re not trying to replace him, we’re not trying to play without him, we’re just going to play with him and for him and try to do our best,” Kalbfleisch said.

This season the Chiefs will be wearing helmet stickers with Williams’ former number, which was two. Kalbfleisch also said there are plans to honor Williams before the team’s first contest, but he didn’t have details as of Monday.

“We’re going to tribute Jimmy with the sticker and we’ve got a little something planned for the first game,” Kalbfleisch said.

Huron’s first game of the 2013 season is Aug. 30 at Summit Academy.

Last Updated: 8/15/2013 2:26:44 PM EST

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