High School Football Harlan’s Anderson dies in automobile wreck
Harlan football coach Eddie Salas described Shomari Anderson as “the life of the party.”
Anderson, an easy-going junior who played receiver for Harlan this past season, died in an automobile accident on Saturday, Salas said.
“He was the life of the locker room and the life of the bus,” Salas said. “You could hear him all the way from the back. That’s what I’ll remember the most about him. He definitely had a bright future.”
Salas said the accident occurred in San Antonio, but he was unsure of the exact location. Several of Anderson’s teammates began posting tributes on Twitter late Saturday morning.
Harlan sophomore quarterback Kannon Williams tweeted: “I lost my brother this morning … everything is so surreal right now. I loved this dude. He was my best friend.”
Junior receiver Ethan Esparza also tweeted about Anderson, who wore No. 82.
“Realizing that I’m never gonna see you or hear your voice again kills me,” Esparza wrote on Twitter. “He was the funniest dude you would ever meet and the realist. This offseason and senior season is for you, Sho. #flyhigh82”
Salas said Anderson was a starting receiver. His younger brother, sophomore Kamali Anderson, was his backup. They moved from Florida about one year ago.
“They were two good-looking kids when they got here and they were real excited about it,” Salas said. “(Shomari) was a great kid, and he worked hard.”
Shomari caught 24 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He had three receptions for 47 yards in the Hawks final game last season, a 58-21 defeat against Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial in the second round of the playoffs. Salas said Shomari reached up and grabbed a pass one-handed for a first down during that game. Salas remembers telling him about that catch and how excited he was about his future.
Shomari attended the Harlan’s home boys basketball game against Eagle Pass Winn on Friday night. Salas said one of the school’s principals informed him of the accident at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Teammates and classmates are planning a prayer gathering at the school’s football field at 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Everybody is hurting and trying to figure it all out,” Salas said. “They are just starting to process it.”