The Agoura program confronts the tragedy

Agoura High quarterback Ty Dieffebach holds up the football helmet of Agoura High freshman Carter Stone before Friday night's game at Ventura High.

Dustin Croick, as the show’s lead, acted strong even when he wasn’t feeling so strong.

“It was emotional,” says Agoura High’s head football coach. “It was hard for me. I was crying a little bit. It was hard to put it into words.”

Croick addressed the Agoura JV soccer team inside the school’s gym last Friday morning. Then he asked the players the question: to play or not to play?

Hands shot up. All of them. It was unanimous. The Chargers chose to play that night against Ventura.

A few minutes later, after Agoura’s varsity team entered the gym. The question and the answer was the same. The Chargers would face the Cougars at Ventura’s Larrabee Stadium.

Croick was not surprised. He knows the healing power that sports offer, team unity and players leaning on each other.

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