ESKO, MN– It was an incredible game on a special night.
Wednesday Esko took on Crosby-Ironton at home, the first game since 15-year-old Jackson Pfister died.
Last Friday Pfister collapsed on the field during an away game in Aitkin.
Before the game the team held a moment of silence to honor Jackson.
Esko’s principal also gave a speech talking about Jackson’s humility and passion for sports.
A former Esko student donated t-shirts to memorialize Jackson.
Fans waved flags during the game with Jackson’s name and number on them.
But it didn’t stop there both teams wore blue wristbands and decals on their helmets to show support for Jackson’s community and Family.
After the game players and coaches spoke about who Jackson was and the long-lasting impact he made.
“Tonight was about Jackson and everyone on the team knew that and everyone played their hearts out for him all of us loved him and I know us as seniors we wanted to win this game just for him,” Lincoln Severson a Senior at Esko High School said.
Jackson’s Head Coach also talked about the energy before the game.
“It was hard to know how it would turn out it could have easily gone the other way when you have young men dealing with a lot so it was good to finally get the ball kicked off and just to play,” Scott Arnston Esko’s Head Football Coach said.
After the game players and coaches took a knee.
They were clearly emotional about their win cheering and supporting each other.
Jackson will be laid to rest Sunday October 20, but his mark on the community will live forever.