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Despite father's pain from football, son plays on in West Texas

Texas trailed 13-0 when Rick replaced Rob Moerschell ... More than 100 structures, including 25 homes, were destroyed. It spared the McIvor house. “Some of the harder things I did was fighting fires,” Rick says. “There would be days and days and ...

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