Two Dallas youth football teammates who share a similar life struggle are leading their squad toward the national spotlight.
Chance Pryor and Amarion Simon Jones are two fifth graders who have survived more than fumbles and missed tackles. They share the distinction of the sudden loss of a parent.
In June of this year, Amarion's mother Charletha Simon was killed in Lancaster. Police said her boyfriend, a man who is not Amarion's father, shot her and then turned the gun on himself.
Chance's father was killed just weeks before that while driving on Scyene Road in Dallas when he somehow lost control of his car and crashed.
"Sometimes when he breaks down I tell him don't worry about it because I do the same thing too," Pryor said.
The bond between the quarterback and running back is something special and has impacted entire Southeast Dallas Wolverines squad. They are on a winning streak and just two wins from reaching the national spotlight.
"If one of our teammates are down or something, we get back up and tell them, like get back focused and calm down and focus,” said Amarion Simon Jones.
The camaraderie and teamwork is perhaps good medicine.
"Sometimes I just sit back and watch them...I know there are times when they'll be down, but for the most part when they're around each other they're upbeat and happy,” said Antonio Jones, Amarion's Father
The Wolverines need one more win to make it to the state championship.
"I just think they're an amazing team. And I think they're going to make it." Shelly Ransom, Chance's Mom
Their coach believes the same.
"Them two and all of them, they really have a strong brotherhood," said Greg Johnson, Southeast Dallas Wolverines coach.
If the Wolverines win in McAllen, Texas, they'll be headed to the national showdown in Orlando.