First and Fisher: A mother’s love and support for her son and the Dutch Fork High School football team

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It’s been a week since life changed forever for Kelly Hewins Alkhatib, mother of Jack Alkhatib, an offensive lineman on the nationally-ranked Dutch Fork (South Carolina) football team, who passed away on the practice field. Since that day, I’ve watched a mother’s love and strength for her son on full-display on her Twitter account.

Related: Dutch Fork players passes away on practice field

I thought our readers would enjoy seeing Kelly’s tweets. However, before I post those tweets, I want to honor Jack by making him a member of the 2020 High School Football America All-America Team. When I noticed that Jack’s GPA was 3.8, which was above our threshold for Academic All-American, I wanted to make him a part of the team.

Our inaugural team, that was released earlier this month, was developed in a variety ways with information that was given to High School Football America and our partners at scoutSMART®.

As you can see from the above graphic, the 5-time defending state champs will thinking about Jack and his family during Friday’s big game against state-ranked Byrnes.

RIP, Jack.

Related: 2020 High School Football America Academic All-America Team

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.