It may seem like a normal football game at first glance, but Thursday night is anything but normal. The game in Colman would not start until their game ball arrived.
"We wanted to bring the community together around something and Auston is that kid. He's a bright young man who makes everyone smile and is always happy when you see him," Colman Egan athletic director Brant Deutsch said.
Auston Ehrmantraut is in the middle of a life-threatening battle with a brain tumor. You would never know that by the way he acts around others.
"Every day he amazes me more than the day before. He's very strong, very tough and very social. He doesn't let it get him down," Auston's mother Kay Ehrmantraut said.
He amazes everyone he meets, which is why the school district worked with Avera Hospital to have him arrive at the final home game in a helicopter.
"The headphones, and I got to sit in the front, and my mom had to sit in the back, of course," Auston said.
"He was answering them 'Roger' and 'Check' and showing them where people live from up there. He wasn't scared at all, and I was terrified," Kay said.
It's an experience Auston will never forget.
"We saw the football field and we saw the city, I saw lots of stuff," Auston said.
Auston started chemotherapy two months ago and is handling the treatments as well as can be expected, but it's the support of the community that keeps their entire family moving forward.
Jared: "What's your favorite part of the football games?"
Auston: "When they say 'Team Auston.'"
"I tell the school that they bring me to tears almost once a week for something that they've done for him, and it feels good to know that you've got some people on your back," Kay said.