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ERIE, Pa. - It was an emotional playoff game for the Sharon high school football team Monday night, as four teammates weren't with them after a tragic car crash over the weekend.

The team and the community paid special tribute to the players at Erie Veteran's Memorial Stadium.

Linked by hands and heavy hearts, the Sharon high school football team joined together to remember their teammates who weren't in the locker room with them but in their thoughts and prayers.

Players Corey Swartz and Evan Gill, were killed in a two vehicle accident Friday night.  Teammates Craig and Gregg Osmon were injured.  50 year old John Zdelar also died in the crash.

"Since Friday night, it's been tough trying to think every day what to say," said head coach Jim Wildman to the players in the locker room before the game Monday night.

Wildman told players a story about a 72 year old man, who related the number of inches on a yardstick to the number of years in life.

"There are no guarantees with the number of inches."

"We know this don't we. We have 48 minutes, we do.  We're assured of 48 minutes, aren't we? Are we assured of 48 minutes? And we know, everyone of us knows how we're going to spend those 48 minutes, like it's the last 48 minutes on our yardstick."

On the field, the memories of Cory and Evan were visible with their numbers, 9 and 67, and initials on the players' helmets.

Fellow teammates wore the jerseys of Cory and Evan, as well as the jerseys of Craig and Gregg, who were injured and couldn't play.   

Signs that the players will always live on in the hearts and minds of their family on the gridiron.

The final score was Girard Yellow Jackets 22 the Sharon Tigers 19.

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