The Grande Prairie Warriors football team, which lost four teammates in October, finished their season Saturday.

Matthew Deller, 16, Vincent Stover, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, and Tanner Hildebrand, 15, were killed three weeks ago when their car was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

A fifth teen,  Zach Judd, is still in hospital. All five players were still very much a part of the team when the Warriors played their semi-final game in Edmonton on Saturday.  


The Grande Prairie Warriors wore the numbers of their teammates on their socks in Saturday's game. (Scott Lilwall/CBC)

Their names were printed in bold on the team roster and players wore their jersey numbers on orange socks.  

Hildebrand's sister, Amber Tienkamp, said it was touching to see the way the team honoured him.   

"We never want to forget them," said Tienkamp. "What happened to those boys will never be forgotten, right?"  

The game didn't end the way the Warriors had hoped — they lost to the Bev Facey Falcons 49–0, ending their playoff run.  

Still, coach Rick Gilson said the team learned a lesson this season they'll carry with them for the rest of their lives.  

"They're going to be able to draw upon the experience of this and how people rallied around them in this, and they're going to be able to make a difference."  

After this weekend, most of the Warriors will return to Grand Prairie.  

Louis Judd, however, will stay behind to be with his brother and teammate, Zach.   "It's a lot easier now," said Louis. "We're going a lot better."    

The teenager is now stable and recovering, but hasn't been able to fully communicate since he woke up last week.