Heavy-hearted Jadon Haselwood closes out prep career with epic play to honor slain teammate

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5-star WR Jadon Haselwood won the state championship game with a game-winning catch on Tuesday.

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ATLANTA — The helmet said number 2. Yet the jersey said Jadon Haselwood wore number 11 on Tuesday.

The play he made said why is rated as the best receiver prospect in America. Was the play all that special? Maybe not in the context of a rep. Elite receivers should make that play.

I still think it was. Especially when the moment called for his best when his very best was required. He delivered with the state title on the line.

When it was over, he had one phrase to share in the middle of a state championship: “Long Live Trevon.”

Haselwood cast aside his No. 2 jersey for that game to wear a new No. 11. That was the number worn last season by Trevon Richardson. His go-to-Waffle-House-on-a-dime-with-ya-friend.

Jadon Haselwood closed out his prep career with a game-winning catch in the state title game. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
When the game was over, Haselwood fell to his knees. He said it was a mixture of all the emotions he was feeling at that time. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

No one will remember that as his top 5 shoe release day.

Haselwood will not. His future college coach might remember the fact he should not have taken his helmet off in the euphoria after that catch.

But that’s for a meeting room to be named later. The 5-star receiver summed up the moment in his own way.

“I might start crying,” Haselwood said while recalling the moment. “It went from excitement [for me] to crying.”

No one will probably remember it was 3rd-and-the season from the Peach County 23.

They will think of that play. Not the countless work it takes every day to make that play.

The “Long Live Trevon” Play for Jadon Haselwood

Trevon Richardson was murdered. Another young life silenced far too soon. That sentence is very tough to type in a story about a state championship football game.

Jadon Haselwood has worn the “LLT” sigil on his uniform all season for Cedar Grove. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“I stopped by his gravesite this morning,” Haselwood said. “Matter of fact. Just putting it on. I still shed a few tears. You know what I am saying? We played ball together.”

It took place just days after his graduation outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex. Published reports said his graduation money was missing.

He was just 18 years old. Richardson, a receiver just like Haselwood, had signed a football scholarship to play for Valdosta State in the class of 2018.

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