The Centennial (Corona, Calif.) football team ushered out National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a touching tribute in its 59-14 win at Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) last Friday.
As the Press-Enterprise reports, Centennial's Sami Logan entered the game late in the fourth quarter and completed an 18-yard pass to fellow senior Jordan Dye. Given that both Logan and Dye had lost their mothers to breast cancer (and that Logan's quarterback experience before Friday was limited to Centennial's powder puff game), it was one of the most meaningful meaningless passes of the high school football season.
Logan had served as the water girl for her father's team for years and had raised the idea of participating in a game before, but it didn't happen until last week. CIF-Southern Section rules required Logan to participate in full pad a practice for two weeks to become eligible, so she did, learning three plays in the process.
Centennial coach Matt Logan, whose idea it was that Sami throw the pass to Dye, gave Roosevelt's coaching staff advance notice that his daughter might enter the game. There were no objections, but the Roosevelt defenders didn't take it easy on her.
“I noticed they were blitzing, so I knew I had to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible,” Sami Logan told the Press-Enterprise.
Dye was every bit as nervous, but managed to make the catch. The crowd erupted.
“That’s what amazed me most, the reaction of the crowd,” Matt Logan said. “Word had spread around campus that this might be happening, and there were so many people there to support the effort.”
Check out the full amazing story to see how the drive ended.
(H/T Prep Rally)