Before the whistle blew and the band started there was a moment of silence for Officer Blake Snyder.
Granite City and Alton came to the field as opponents but for that moment everyone was one team. Officer Snyder went to Alton High School and was a kicker on the football team there.
Snyder also has family in the Granite City school district. His brother-in-law is a teacher at Granite City High School.
One of Officer Snyder's former football coaches, Brad Hasquin, said he is not surprised Snyder became a police officer. He said Snyder was always about serving the community. Hasquin said he also doesn’t think it is a coincidence that these two teams are playing each other right now.
"The man upstairs planned this game in the schedule; pretty neat," Hasquin said. "Unfortunately, we have to have that situation but it is proof that God works in wonderful ways."
Funeral arrangements have been made for Officer Snyder. His visitation is Wednesday at Kutis Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. It is open to law enforcement officers and the community.