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    I hesitate to post this after the father/daughter foul ball thread, but what the hell..

    ST. JOSEPH | Matt Ziesel doesn’t stray far from coach Dan McCamy on the sidelines during St. Joseph Benton High School’s freshman football games. He likes to stay within earshot.

    “I’m ready, Coach. … Coach, I’m ready,” Ziesel says.McCamy says he hears it about 10 times a game, and also at practices, from Ziesel, his 5-foot-3, 110-pound running back.

    So in the final stages of Benton’s third game of the season on Monday at Maryville, McCamy decided it was time for Ziesel — a 15-year-old freshman with Down syndrome — to make his season debut.

    With about 10 seconds left in the game, and Benton trailing 46-0, McCamy called his final timeout, told an assistant coach to organize the team for the “Matt play” and ran across the field to the Maryville defensive huddle — and to some puzzled looks from the opposing players.

    “I’ve got a special situation,” McCamy remembers telling Maryville freshman defensive coach David McEnaney. “I know you guys want to get a shutout. Most teams would want a shutout, but in this situation I want to know if maybe you can let one of my guys run in for a touchdown.”

    Several days have passed since Ziesel chugged more than 60 yards down a sideline for his first high school touchdown — but the buzz hasn’t.

    The YouTube clip McCamy posted Tuesday morning had received more than 1,500 hits as of Thursday night. The e-mails and messages of support also have been rolling in all week — to McCamy as well as the Ziesel family.

    “It’s just amazing how one play can mean so much to one kid and then to a team and then to a community,” McCamy said Thursday after practice. “And now it’s spread not just to the community of St. Joseph, but now it’s spread across the region. How something so simple can impact so many — to me, that’s the amazing part about it.”

    Mike Ziesel, Matt’s dad, a longtime high school coach and the athletic director at Benton, was standing near the top of the bleachers Monday when a spectator told him it looked like Matt was about to enter the game. His wife, Patty, was at home. She hadn’t planned on Matt actually getting on the field Monday.

    Neither had McCamy. As he headed across the field to talk to McEnaney, McCamy wasn’t sure what the reaction would be. He asked the players to avoid physical contact with Ziesel but to make it as real as possible for him.

    “The (Maryville) players, they didn’t hesitate at all,” McEnaney said. “They jumped right on board.”

    And so Matt Ziesel ran a sweep to the right and just kept going. This time, it was McCamy making sure he was close enough to be heard — running down the sideline alongside Matt, yelling as loud as he could.

    “Come on, Matty! They’re coming!” McCamy yelled, making the play as real as possible for Ziesel.

    Benton lost Monday’s game 46-6, but those six points made a bigger impact than McCamy could have ever imagined.

    “It’s not necessarily about winning or losing,” said McCamy, a second-year coach who played college football at Missouri. “Obviously up in Maryville we lost the game. The end result, we lost the game, but when we went away, we were all kind of winners.”

    After he posted the touchdown video on YouTube on Tuesday morning, McCamy sent the link to the Ziesels, so Patty could see her son’s first high school score, and to five fellow Benton coaches.

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    it's a very nice story, though reading some of the comments on youtube it's amazing how people can find negativity in everything.

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    Nice feel good story
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    That's awesome. That touchdown will be a highlight for that kid forever.

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    reminds me of the girls who carried their opponent around the bases when she hit a homer in a softball game, but couldn't run.....I think we had a thread here


    This is what high school athletic competition is supposed to be about...and even if the naysayers claim that no favor was done for this kid by letting him run, what IS important was that he can know he was an important part of a display of sportmanship that directly counters the bullshit moves of "pros" like Serena WIlliams et al

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    Awesome story... thanks...

    All players on both teams won right there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Awesome story... thanks...

    All players on both teams won right there...
    As well as the students in the bleachers watching.

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    Very nice. If that doesn't tug on your heart stings...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNIC View Post
    Very nice. If that doesn't tug on your heart stings...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNIC View Post
    Very nice. If that doesn't tug on your heart stings...
    Heart stings, eh?

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    Lol it's ok Marc.. he IS going to be 40 next week... you know his brain function is starting to go..... I love this story personally. I spent the past 5 years working with Down's kids... so this story is very touching to me. How great for that coach to do this for that kid!
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    It already says something about the school that he's on the team in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    It already says something about the school that he's on the team in the first place.
    yeah, it says his Dad is the athletic director of the school. ....

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    Hey Matt, the Detroit Lions are on the phone!







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