Shiloh Skyhawks retire fallen teammate's jersey during senior night

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BISMARCK, N.D. - An early October snowstorm forced the postponement of dozens of high school football games across the state on Friday.

One of those was Shiloh Christian vs. Heart River. The game was rescheduled for Monday night, and included a moment the players, coaches and fans will remember forever.

It's the last home game of the 2019 football season for the Shiloh Skyhawks. A few days later than normal, it's also a night to honor the seniors, who are playing their last game at Miller Field. It's also a chance to honor a player who didn't get to play his final season.

Hunter Seifert passed away from cancer in February. At halftime of Monday night's game, the school retired his jersey, to forever hang in honor of the boy who battled to the end, and inspired a community with the strength he showed through the fight.

“It’s like a burden off our shoulders when stuff like this happens it's great to remember Hunter but it's also bittersweet,” Hunter’s dad Dan said.

The Seifert family was on hand to accept the jersey, the hugs from Hunter's teammates and the support, they say, that hasn't wavered since Hunter was first diagnosed.

“Hunter loved football, he just did that was his thing, he loved football and so this is just a great tribute to him,” Hunter’s mom Julie said.

“He always talked about getting back on the field, I'm going to get my port out and I'm going to go play football,” Hunter’s sister Gabrielle said.

The Seiferts say the jersey will hang at home, and provide a reminder of their son, and the game he loved.

“Probably walk by it every day and just all the memories we've had of Hunter playing football in that number,” Dan said. “It'll definitely be tough but in the end you know he's in a much better place.”

This is all in order to honor of a boy who meant so much to the community.

The Seifert family says nights like this, as well as milestones like prom and graduation will be tough, but such a tribute helps them get used to their new normal.