It was a bittersweet night at Oceanside High School on Long Island. It was the first home game of the season but it was also the first home game since Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley Jr., an alumnus, was killed in Afghanistan.
The night began with a moment of silence. The football players bowed their heads to remember one of their own.
But soon the crowd was going wild.
The game served as a celebration of the life of Buckley. The member of the class of 2009 was killed in August by an Afghan police officer.
Friday night the entire team was in special camouflage jerseys. Buckley's younger brother, Justin, proudly wore Greg's No. 30. Greg had planned to watch Justin play this year.
Greg Buckley Sr. said that was heartbreaking and devastating, but the family tried to focus on the positive at the game. They were led onto the field for a special tribute at half time. Buckely Sr. told the crowd that they appreciate the support, which has helped them endure their darkest moments.
The school sold commemorative bracelets and T-shirts. The money will go to a scholarship in Greg Buckley Jr.'s name.