Beaverton High 'Orange Out' for football player who died from kidney cancer

Reese Wygant. (Family Photo)

A stadium full of people wearing all orange is expected Friday to remember a Beaverton High School football player who recently lost his battle with kidney cancer.

Varsity football player Reese Wygant died on Monday.

Friday's game at Liberty High School in Hillsboro will be the first game the team will play since their teammate's death.

"On the field, he was just a really fierce competitor, and off the field was one of the nicest kids you could meet," said Bob Boyer, the football coach for Beaverton.

The defensive lineman's No. 75 jersey hangs in the boys' locker room. Every player for Beaverton will wear the No. 75 on their helmet this season.

"(Reese) was probably one of the most caring guys I've known," said Sandrey Mitberg, Wygant's teammate.

Mitberg said he visited Wygant in the hospital the day he died. He said the teen was diagnosed with kidney cancer less than a year ago.

"Him not being there anymore, it's hurting us, but at the same time it's giving us pride about what we're supposed to do," Mitberg said.

Student Body President Payton Major helped organize the student body to wear orange on Friday. She said at every home game at Beaverton this year students will wear orange.

"(Reese) was so down to earth, sweet and so selfless. (He was) probably one of the kindest hearts you would ever meet," Major said.

The game will start at 7 p.m. at Liberty High School.

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