by: DaShawn Brown Updated:
ROCK HILL, S.C. - One year after tragedy, the Ramah Juco Academy football team based out of Rock Hill is ready to hit the field again.
Eyewitness News reporter DaShawn Brown caught up with the team as it brings a new outlook to this season, and try to move on from the devastation that struck last year.
“Because that's what they would want,” said Derrick Crawford, one of Ramah Juco's coaches.
Sunday marks the first anniversary since the team bus crashed on its way to Fayetteville for its first game of the season.
Four people were killed and 42 others were rushed to area hospitals.
Darice Hicks, 8, Teto Hamilton, 19, Devonte Gibson, 21, and bus driver Brian Andre Kirkpatrick, 43, died in the crash, troopers said.
Ramah Juco player Tyreak Thompson was on the bus when it crashed, and afterward the York County native said he wasn't sure if he would ever play football again.
A year later, he is on the field.
“I had a heavy heart. It just didn't feel right,” Thompson said. “It just felt like something was taken away from me.”
Danny Todd Jr. was on last year’s team and said playing is what his teammates would want.
“They always talked about football, be great,” Todd said. “So I'm going to be great this year.”
The team rescheduled their season opener because of the threat from Hurricane Irma.
Their first game will be next Saturday in Norfolk, Va.
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