Sophomores on the Esko High School football team linked arms and bowed their heads in a moment of silence to honor Jackson Pfister, who was also a sophomore. Photo: Alex Kormann * firstname.lastname@example.org
ESKO - Fifteen balloons floated above packed and silent stands before the final Eskomos football game of the season Wednesday night, the first since sophomore Jackson Pfister died after collapsing during a game last week.
The moment of silence pierced the brisk air before Senior Night went on as planned, as Pfister would have wanted, said Esko High School Principal Greg Hexum, who offered a pregame tribute.
“The uncommon compassion of this young man has been reflected back on us this week through extraordinary displays of kindness,” Hexum said. “Your well wishes, thoughts and prayers have lifted us up.”
His friends and classmates waved flags and painted their faces with his number 15, they wore shirts with his name and set up a memorial with photos and signed baseballs, footballs and hockey pucks.