Prestonwood Honors Coach at First Game

By Randy McIlwain
|  Friday, Sep 2, 2011  |  Updated 11:56 PM CDT
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Prestonwood Christian Academy remembered its late defensive coordinator, Wade McLain, at its first game of the season.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

Prestonwood Christian Academy remembered its late defensive coordinator, Wade McLain, at its first game of the season.

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Preston Christian Academy honored fallen coach Wade McLain at its first game of the season Friday.

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A Plano high school football team played its first game Friday after losing a longtime coach.

Prestonwood Christian Academy opens its season against powerhouse Celina.

The Lions' defensive coordinator, Wade McLain, collapsed and died after a practice in sweltering temperatures Aug. 1.

The team has dedicated its season to McLain.

The school honored McLain's memory with a special prayer ceremony at the start of Friday's game. The team wore a helmet decal with McLain's initials on it.

McLain was also featured prominently in Prestonwood's game program with a pictorial essay on the first page.

"So it was just a great memorial, a great opportunity for this school as a community to come together and say goodbye one more time," family friend Chuck Georgas said.

The entire McLain family attended Friday's ceremony, which began at 7 p.m. McLain's son is a defensive back on the Prestonwood team.

NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.

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