Hampton University offensive lineman Johnny Cruz will wear the number 59 today in the Pirates’ Blue-White spring game to honor former York High teammate Hobie Kopczynski. Kopczynski, 18, passed away suddenly this week.
Cruz usually wears number 73 for Hampton, but made the arrangement with team captains to switch jerseys with a teammate for the game to honor Kopczynski. He and Kopczynski, a Virginia Commonwealth University student and National Honor Society member in high school, were teammates and starters on the offensive line for a York team that went 9-3 and won a Region I Division 3 playoff game their senior year. The year before that they helped York win the Bay Rivers District.
Cruz will be one of the pallbearers in the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church in Yorktown, before returning to Hampton to play at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue-White game at Armstrong Stadium.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun