A sea of orange: Football players honor teammate who died from kidney cancer

Posted at 12:04 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 14:04:04-04

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    BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) — Attendees at several high school football games throughout the metro area Friday night will see a sea of orange.

Reese Wygant, a senior at Beaverton High School, died from kidney cancer Monday.

Wygant played on the school’s football team, sporting number 75 on his jersey. Students and teammates say they are wearing orange to honor Wygant’s memory.

“He was always the nicest guy on the team,” Gus Woolfrey, a senior and teammate, said. “On the field, he was a competitor, and off the field, he was just one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.”

In addition to being Beaverton’s school color, orange is the color that represents kidney cancer awareness.

Wednesday’s game between Beaverton and Liberty High School started at 7 p.m.

All home games this year will be dedicated to Wygant, Beaverton’s football team says. Next week at its first home game, the team will be accepting donations, which will go to Wygant’s family.

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