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PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- On Football Friday, one school puts the focus not on just their season opener, but a special man whose presence was absent.

Princeton High fans in the stands wore white shirts to remember their former assistant coach, Sam White.

White died suddenly last November. His mother, Vickie White, tells WVVA it was due to an enlarged heart, something she says is nearly impossible to catch before it's too late.

She says her family is still grieving his loss, but being so proud of him and the way he touched so many lives in the community helps ease the pain.

The Princeton Senior High boosters sold white T-shirts to "white-out" the stands at the first game. The proceeds will go to the Sam White Foundation, which includes scholarships for students as well as financial support for White's family.

"We have already sold a few hundred," said Lisa Clark, who helped bring the White-Out idea to life.

Friday at the game, fans packed the stands with their white shirts on. Players even sported a symbol on their helmets, meant to keep Sam with them during the game.

"I know he'd be happy," said Vickie. "He'd be so proud to see this."

Other coaches, as well as students who played on White's team, tell WVVA he was a man of God who was a mentor and an inspiration, someone who was always there to come through in their times of need.

The Tigers capped off the inspired night with a  69-0 victory over Shady Spring.

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