A teen with special needs just made the play of the season at a Chase-Crest high school football game in Shelby, North Carolina.
Despite rainy weather and some formidable defense, Brendan Thompson pushed through the obstacles to run 63 yards to score a touchdown, leading both teams to celebrate in the end zone.
During pre-game warm-ups, Crest High football coach discussed with Chase couch Daniel Bailey about getting Thompson some quality field time.
“We talked for a moment and I asked, ‘Has he scored a touchdown?’ ” Clark told the Shelby Star. “So we talked about what if that chance came around. Then with four minutes left, [Bailey] called a timeout and the refs knew it was coming. We were letting the clock run down to about 15 seconds and we took a timeout so there would be a chance.”
The moment after Thompson’s epic touchdown, everyone celebrating with him in the east end zone – an emotional moment for all involved.
“Having our kids celebrate with him was special,” Clark said. “It’s what football and athletics can do. It was a good learning experience for our kids. [Thompson] was getting congratulations from people he didn’t even know Some [students] think they have it rough, worrying about getting a tardy slip for class or something. But that young man gets up every day with different struggles he faces. It was a good thing for him, but it was something our kids needed to see as well,” Clark added.
That night on Facebook, Thompson’s father posted a heartfelt thanks.
“Thanks to everyone involved in the play for my son Brendan ‘Twink’ Thompson. You guys made the most memorable night of his life. It brought tears of joy to his mother and I,” he wrote.