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The mighty Vikings stormed the field ready to play ball, but Friday night it was more than just a game, they were playing for the fight, the battle against cancer. It was held in honor of those who have lost, but are not forgotten.

"It's one of those feelings that you get like no other you know it just leads up to something that we know is bigger than the football game, it's bigger than just us," player Ezra Waddey said.

On the back of Ezra Waddeys jersey is the name of head coach Burt Torrance's grandfather who lost his battle against lung cancer.

Both of Torrence's grandparents are remembered tonight. Seeing their names on his players jersey is a feeling he says is indescribable.

"When I first saw my grandfather being worn by Ezra Waddey tonight and my grandmother being worn by Ben Plunket tonight it just brings back a lot of memories a lot things we did together.

Their names were called out before the game, as their surviving children stood in their place,  David Torrence says it was the perfect way to honor his father.

"My dad loved kids and he loved to support the things that they were interested in and the things that they enjoy. I think this is great that we can do this and honor him tonight," Torrence said.

Becky Torrence's mother lost her battle against breast cancer, but she says seeing her honored by these boys gives her hope that one day the fight will be over.

"So many young people thinking of our cause, other than just a football game or other than themselves means a whole lot," Torrence said.

Wearing her name, number 24--Ben Plunket who tonight is honoring his coach's grandmother.

"It is quite an honor to be out wearing somebody that mean's so much to coach Torrence and it's just awesome that we get to get out here and play for such a great cause that's bigger than a football game, we are playing for the community and everyone who has ever had to deal with this disease," Plunkett said.

Wearing the honor of N. Carson across his back, he wore his heart on his sleeve and did what he does best....taking his team to the end zone.

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