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Saddened son is far from going it alone

Updated: December 28, 2009, 10:47 AM ET
By Kevin Armstrong | For ESPN RISE

Around noon on Dec. 9, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) tailback Zach Bauman received a phone call from Roseyn Hood, his assistant principal. Though the senior was already at a friend's house after a half-day of classes, she wanted him to return to campus immediately. His teammate, Michael Allen III, had just lost his father, Michael Allen Jr., and she believed Bauman would be the best person to inform him.

When Bauman, who has known Allen III since the two were 6 years old, ...

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