From Lake to Whitmer, high school fans and players across the community honored Colton Durbin. The 17-year-old Bedford High School football player died Thursday after a tragic car accident.
"One of the worst things to face as a superintendent is the loss of a student," Craig Haugen, Superintendent of Jefferson Schools said. "This is a Monroe County student and it's very dear and near to our heart."
With heavy hearts, the Kicking Mules took the field for the first time in Monroe, without number 3.
"It's been really tough for everybody," Josh Marion, a Bedford High School junior told 13abc.
That's why the Jefferson community stepped up.
Fans wore Bedford red, cheerleaders carried signs, and players wore Colton's initials and number.
"I think its amazing," Miranda Wentz, a Bedford High School senior said. "If we didn't have the other schools support us, I don't think we'd be here tonight."
For Colton's teammates, playing without him proved to be difficult. But the players carried his spirit with them, on their helmets and in their hearts.
"He was definitely really spiritual, Wentz said of Colton. "He kept everyone happy and could always put a smile on your face."
And Friday night, every snap, every yard, and every touchdown was dedicated to him.