This Week, A Football Rivalry Took a Backseat to Community.

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area — then you know Channelview High School.

If you live around Channelview High School, then you know about the rivalry between Channelview and crosstown North Shore High School in the Houston, Texas area.

If you live at all — then you know Jalen Hurts.

This week, Hurts made a significant move off of the field when he paid for the funeral of slain North Shore High School linebacker Jarvon Coles, who was gunned down in Humble, Texas, at a House Party earlier this month.

This is another tragic example of a fantastic young person being taken from us far too early. In addition to carrying a 4.1 GPA, Coles was all set to be a freshman college football player at Lamar University, according to his grandfather’s interview with KHOU-TV.

Hurts attended Channelview High School. His father was the football coach at Channelview. In Jalen’s sophomore year, he was a second-team all-district selection as a junior and was named the District 21–6A Overall MVP as a junior during his high school playing years.

Hurts also was known for powerlifting in high school. As a sophomore, Hurts could squat 500 pounds and became a 198-pound Regional Finalist.

Mayor John Whitmire and Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee declared March 16th “Jarvon Coles Day.”

It’s a final dedication to a life cut short.

For Jalen Hurts, rivalry or no rivalry.

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