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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Philomath High School football player, with special needs, scores touchdown

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Philomath High School football player, with special needs, scores touchdown
Philomath High School football player, with special needs, scores touchdown
Philomath High School football player, with special needs, scores touchdown.

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Now for a story we can all smile about.

Philomath high school lost its football game against sisters this past friday... but the real winner was an unsung hero who's normally*off the field.

Kezi 9 news reporter emma withrow has the details on this heartwarming story of teamwork... friendship...and a young man who just won't quit.

Friday night football.

Philomath high school getting beat by sisters.

The game clock runs out....but neither team leaves the field.

Instead... warriors coach... tony matta... goes to the bench and tells joel carraea to get ready.

"he was a little nervous, i remember i gave him a hug and told him to take a breath, and he sorta did that and then trotted on out there next to caleb."

Joel... who has special needs.... has been the team's equipment manager for the last five years.

And as he trotted out to the field in his clean uniform --- everyone in the stands held their breath.

And then.... joel started running.

"they're chanting joel joel joel" joel made it to the end zone... with his teammates and the players from sisters following close behind... and scored his first touchdown.

"it was probably the high light of my highschool career, just cause hes an awesome guy and we all love him its great for him" emma: i was told the stands right behind me were filled to the brim during the game against sisters last week, but after joel scored the last touchdown of the night the crowd ditched their seats and rushed the field to celebrate "i ran out onto the field really fast, and just seeing joel smiling was really cool, i was happy i was really happy."

And even though the warriors didn't pull off the win, joel was so excited to finally get his cleats dirty with his teammates underneath those friday night lights.

"i think it shows its not just about the final outcome, its about the people."

Coach matta said not only do his players support joel, but joel supports them too by demonstrating to them that anything is possible.

"you see how much a kid who has some physical limitations gives everything he has, and i think that's good for those kids who have a lot of talent and ability who sometimes don't work as hard."

Joel's teammates described joel's touchdown as pure magic, and a moment that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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