During halftime of the Seminole County, Early County scrimmage game Friday night, August 16, the Seminole County Indian football #75 jersey of former Indian Matthew “Zach” Alday will be ceremoniously retired.
Navy Hospitalman (E-3) Alday paid the ultimate price in service to his country when he was killed in action during combat operations against enemy forces in Qaim, Iraq.
Standing 5’ 9” and weighing in at 175 pounds, Alday played linebacker for the Indians and graduated from Seminole County High School in 2002.
Alday’s high school coach Aubrey Moree had the following comments: “I remember Zack as one of the toughest players I have coached in my 27 years of coaching. I have often wondered if there was anything he was afraid of. Everyone loved Zack, he always had a smile on his face. His smile was contagious but would make me wonder if he was up to something. Since his death, I have always thought of him on Friday nights as I stood on the sidelines for the National Anthem. I believe the 2001 Seminole High School football team, I had a privilege to coach, ranks up there as one of the best and Zack was a big part of why. It was an honor to coach that group of young men.”
Alday becomes the fifth Indian to have his football jersey retired, joining Timothy Jones, Gerald Cainion, Eddie Carthon and Phillip Daniels.