EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A little boy who touched so many lives in his six short years was remembered on the gridiron in East Haven Friday night.
Matthew Jacques passed away Thursday after battling a heart defect. Friday night, the North Haven High School football team played in his memory.
"I cried. My son texted me and I cried," said a woman.
Word spread quickly Thursday morning, six-year-old Matthew Jacques died from a congestive heart disease. The team was told together in the locker room at the beginning of school.
He used his small stature and short life to make a huge mark on the North Haven football team.
"I follow the Matthew Jacques mission on Facebook and that was one of the first things that popped into my head and my heart sank into my chest," said Ethan Suraci, North Haven football.
It all started as a fundraiser, one the football team does every year, but when the team met six-year-old Matthew, they immediately adopted him as one of their own.
"He is six-year-old and dealing with a new heart, for months and weeks before that he was on heart pill," said Suraci.
Matthew went to the Montowese Elementary School, and even at six-years-old the little man had big dreams to one day play high school football. The North Haven team made that possible, blocking for him in a scrimmage so he could run the touchdown of his dreams.
"After I told the team yesterday, the team go together and they went through the town to the business that donated to tell them thank you and the news," said Anthony Sagnella, North Haven football coach.
The coach was presented with a ball for Matthew and a long silence fell over the field to remember a boy who inspired men.
"He is a kid everyone looked up to and at such a young age. We tried to emulate him and it's amazing that we got to work with him," said Sagnella.
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