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Fellow students mourn football player's death in crash

As for Friday's game, an emotional 10-7 loss to Huntingtown in the Maryland 3A semifinals, Moore said, "Friday seems like so long ago now."

River Hill Principal Bill Ryan said administrators were planning a "crisis team meeting" to devise a plan to help students and staff members deal with Dankos's death.

"We're all very saddened by the news," Ryan said. "We have an incredible community and, as in the past, we will pull together and get through this. Our thoughts and prayers really do go out to the families and all of our students."

Standard procedure for Howard schools is to make extra counselors available for faculty and students.

"This is going to take some time for everyone. Our principal has helped put things in place for tomorrow, and we're going to do everything we can to help the kids," Van Deusen said. "Our team is really close this year, and we're going to get through this together."

Van Deusen said that the funeral arrangements weren't complete but that the family was planning a service for this week.

The River Hill community dealt with a similar situation five years ago when alumnus and star football player Adrian Cmerek, 20, suffered fatal injuries in a car crash in Howard County.

He was a Virginia Military Institute student and was home for Christmas at the time.

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