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Football team arranges play for opposing player with special needs to score


The scoreboard said Page High School in Franklin lost a JV game to Coffee County, but it's what they did after the game that has friends and fans calling them winners.

Normally, it's not so easy for a running back to break through the Page defense and make his way to the end zone for a touchdown.

But this one play was different.

"It probably made his day and was just a good thing to do for him. It was the right thing to do," said Page quarterback Aidan Condo.

Condo and his teammates agreed to a few extra plays after the game was over for a Coffee County student with special needs who dreamed of scoring a touchdown.

"Our kids were gung-ho and got more excited to do that than they were to play the game from the beginning, to be honest with you," said Page coach Charles Rathbone.

So, the Page players came up with a plan.

"Kind of act like we were gonna tackle him but miss, so he could score and get that feeling that everyone loves. So he can experience that," said Page linebacker Josh Cramer.

Daniel Calico tried to make it seem so real.

"Oh, I just dove at the end as I ran next to him, because I wanted to made it feel like we were trying," said Calico, another Page linebacker.

The willingness and eagerness to do this after a game where they lost 31-0 says something about these teenagers.

"For the most part they're good kids with good hearts, and they wanted to have a chance to help other people and show the gift that the good Lord gave them. And that's what's important, that we give them the opportunity to do that," Rathbone said.

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