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Superintendent Citta presents jersey to Kane family

Superintendent Michael Citta presents the now-retired no. 34 Mariners jersey to Zach Kane's father, Paul, and family prior to the Civil War Game between North and South Oct. 13. Photo by Luke Saglembeni of Luke SagsPhotography

No Mariner Will Wear Kane's No. 34

Zach Kane

Oct. 17, 2023-- The "Civil War" rivalry game Friday between High School South and High School North was one-sided, with the state-ranked no. 8 Mariners shutting out the Indians 49-0. But prior to the game, both sides came together for the emotional jersey retirement of the late Zach Kane (above).

A standout player at North until his graduation in 2008, Kane's no. 34 was officially retired with his family, friends, and former teammates and coaches on hand. Kane was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2016. He was 26 years old.

Zach's 2008 team was the first Mariners squad to finish undefeated, at 12-0. He earned numerous individual accolades that season, including Defensive Player of Year. He went on to play at the University of Miami before transferring to Temple.

"We appreciate all the love and support in honoring my brother and his accomplishments," wrote Danielle Kane Kennelly, Zach's sister, on Facebook leading up to the ceremony.

A framed number 34 jersey was presented to Kane's father and family by Superintendent Michael Citta, a gesture that included hugs, handshakes, more than a few tears, and cheers from the crowd. The game that followed was played and watched with the former football star in mind.

Dave Oizerowitz wears Kane number 34 shirt

High School North Head Coach Dave Oizerowitz, a.k.a. Coach Oz, wears a no. 34 "shirshey" in honor of the late Zach Kane during Friday's game. Photo by Luke Saglembeni of Luke SagsPhotography

The game itself, hosted by the Great American Rivalry, saw the return of Mariners' quarterback Micah Ford, who hadn't played since suffering an injury during the team's only loss this season to Donovan Catholic Sept. 15. He put North on the board early, scoring to make it 7-0. Two long Josh Moore rushing touchdowns followed, making it 21-0, and a defensive score made it 28-0 before the half. 

Josh Moore receives MVP and scholarship

High School North senior running back Josh Moore earned game MVP honors. Photo by Luke Saglembeni of Luke SagsPhotography

Moore was named the game's MVP. He also received, along with High School South's James Alexander, a scholarship for academic and athletic excellence during a postgame ceremony.

It's rare that the actual football of the Civil War Game becomes an afterthought, but what resonated most Friday was the memory of Zach Kane. Even the lopsided final score seemed to be a nod to his memory, and the dominance of the Mariners teams he once helped lead.

Additional photos below are courtesy of Luke Saglembeni of Luke SagsPhotography.

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