Ceremony Honoring Memory of Donovan Adams Will be Held Before Friday Night's Heritage-Paloma Valley Football Game

Friday night marks the highlight of Menifee’s high school athletics calendar: The third annual Men...

Friday night marks the highlight of Menifee’s high school athletics calendar: The third annual Menifee city championship football game between crosstown rivals Paloma Valley and Heritage.

The event, which will be held at Heritage High School’s Marion Ashley Stadium, is special not only because two high-scoring 6-1 teams are playing each other. It has special significance because of a pregame ceremony that will honor the memory of 2011 Heritage High graduate and former Patriots football star Donovan Adams, who was killed in an auto accident last June.

The special ceremony will recognize Adams’ contribution to the Patriot family. His No. 2 jersey will be retired in his honor. Adams was well known throughout the community for his passion for the game and his skills on the football field.

"He was the football team," said his close friend, Andrea Cardenas. "There will never be anyone like Donovan Adams.

"I can't even recall a moment when I saw him without a smile. He had the presence that just made everything around him so happy and he was such a beautiful person. I know he's in a better place, but it's just so painful. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten. He will live in our hearts and memories."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., but because a huge turnout is expected for the event, gates will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for presale at Heritage High on Thursday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. for $7. Heritage students with an ASB card will be admitted free, and Paloma Valley students with an ASB Card are admitted for $5. Tickets for children ages 2-12 are $5.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Friday’s game is deemed the "PINK OUT game." Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to show their support.


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  1. Donovan was a fine young man with a bright future! He is deserving of the honor on Friday nite! Note: Why is Heritage charging for a child that is 2 or 3 years old to get into a high school football game..at best they are lap sitters...this is a very disturbing trend that is being set by the administration and supported by King Greenburg..he needs to go!

  2. Can someone tell us (public) how the other two boys that were injured in this crash, are doing? I couldn't help but notice yesterday as I was driving down McCall towards Menifee Road, how fast folks are still driving. I was going the speed limit and it was as if I was standing still! Do we still have motorcycle officers here, if so, they need to sit in a hidden place and nab these speeders. Apparently even this death didn't wake folks up to speeding!