Gilbert Highland senior Omar Tafoya, the kid the football players call their “lucky charm,” scored a touchdown on the final play of the scrimmage Wednesday night against Laveen Cesar Chavez.
“We were able to make a dream come true for Omar,” said Highland Athletic Director Rod Huston, who helped set up the dream setting.
Highland got approval from Cesar Chavez and the Arizona Interscholastic Association to allow for the special-needs student to have his moment.
He was handed the ball from the Cesar Chavez 5-yard line, and ran it in for the touchdown.
Players from both Highland and Cesar Chavez picked up Tafoya and carried him on their shoulders.
“It was a remarkable moment,” Huston said. “Both teams were tremendous. The kids love him. In the spring, the players got together and said, ‘We’ve got to do something special for Omar.’ ”
Tafoya has been part of Highland athletics since his freshman year, helping out in the equipment room.
The baseball team has adopted him, along with some of the girls teams.
On Friday nights, he’ll be suiting up on the Highland sideline, wearing No. 19.