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Houston high schools that lost students in Astroworld tragedy meet in football playoffs

John Hilgert of Memorial High School and Brianna Rodriguez of Heights High School died during Travis Scott's performance.

HOUSTON — The football teams for two Houston-area high schools that lost students in the Astroworld Festival tragedy took to the field Saturday for a match against each other.

Memorial High School freshman John Hilgert, 14, and Heights High School junior Brianna Rodriguez, 16, died in a crowd surge that claimed the lives of nine people attending the Travis Scott concert on Nov. 5.

The Memorial Mustangs took on the Heights Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs at Delmar Stadium.

Students, parents and faculty from both communities were left with heavy hearts. Throughout the week, the schools honored the teens with vigils and other memorials.

Heights cheerleaders shook hot pink pompoms and the football players wore pads with terms like "LL BRI" and "#GoneTooSoon" written on them in memory of Brianna.

RELATED: Brianna Rodriguez, Heights HS junior killed in Astroworld tragedy, remembered in funeral

Hours before the game, Brianna was remembered during a funeral service. Mourners wore pink and white — the teen's favorite colors — in her memory.

John, who was a talented baseball player, will be buried following a funeral service Tuesday at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church. His family said he had a big heart, a contagious smile and was full of positivity and joy. 

RELATED: Funeral arrangements announced for John Hilgert, youngest victim of Astroworld Festival tragedy

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