LOUISBURG, Kan. -
A quarterback was remembered in the football stadium where he played Sunday night.
A large community in Louisburg came out to pay their respects to Auston McClellan.
They packed the stadium for the 17-year-old who died in a car accident Saturday night.
McClellan was a senior and the school's quarterback. It was a difficult loss for the community and former teammates.
Peyton Semsch grew up with Auston.
"It was just like we were all brothers, grew up together, not all of us get to stay in it for the long run," said Peyton Semsch.
Football players from teams several miles away even came to show their support.
"We compete against each other but in the end we're all friends with each other, we all know each other, that's just the good thing to do," said fellow footballer Justus Merz. "I think if we had something happen bad I'd want some league guys to come support us too."
And a large part of the community showed their support for the family and friends of the teen who was loved by so many.
"He was very high spirited and loved by basically everyone, he always had a smile on his face," former schoolmate Cady Wright said of Auston.
"He wasn't always the biggest but he never backed down," Semsch said. "That's what you've got to have, you've got to have heart."
Louisburg students will have to return to the school on just the third day of class without their team's quarterback.
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