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.