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© Football players, cheerleaders, and fans let black and orange balloons go in Jeffries' honor. © Football players, cheerleaders, and fans let black and orange balloons go in Jeffries' honor.
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TUNNELTON -

Dylan Jeffries was a football player from Harrison County who died because of injuries sustained in a football game. The South Preston Youth Football League wanted to do something to honor his memory.

"We heard the tragic news on Sunday morning," said Brian Livengood, a parent of a cheerleader and football player for the Blue Devil in the Preston Youth Football League. "Sunday morning we made a couple phone calls to our sponsors and team, players, parents, coaches and staff. We decided to put a memorial, the last game here today is a memorial game."

A moment of silence, a balloon release, and the number 22 was scattered around the field.

"We're pretty much like a coal miners family, like how coal miners get together as a family. We're a football family," said Connie Savage, the South Preston Football League Vice President. "And then since it happened in West Virginia with thought we would do something for the family. We're doing a raffle with West Virginia gear and all the proceeds are going to his family."

The memorial game would have gone on like any other normal football game if it hadn't been for vandalism that recently happened at the field.

Members of the Youth League showed up last week to find both goal posts twisted so badly they had to be torn down. There were also four-wheeler tire tracks all over the field.

"I think it's wrong," said Savage. "You're not just hurting the football field and the football players. This is the Lion's Club field. This isn't even school affiliated. The Lion's Club and the veterans made this field for us so we can have the football field so it's hurting them too."

Teams can't kick field goals anymore so the only option is two point conversions for the extra points.

The League is still looking for answers about the vandalism but decided to take a break to raise money for the Jeffries family.

"No matter where we play or who we play against athletes are families and athletes parents are families," said Livengood. "When a tragedy hits like this it might as well be one of our own. Because we're all family it might as well be one of our own."

Organizers said they will be writing the Jeffries family a check for $1,000.

If you have any information about the Tunnelton football field vandalism contact the Preston County Sheriff's Department at 304-329-3885.