Will Hunter played part in a special night at Hendersonville Christian Academy on Friday night.
Hunter, 17, is a football manager for Grace Baptist School in Madisonville, Ky. He was diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism at the age of 5 and had never been able to play in a football game until Friday.
He scored on a screen pass from 50 yards and caught the pass on the 2-point conversion in the third quarter of their eight-man football game. Both coaches agreed to allowing the score earlier in the week.
“My first reaction when asked about it was absolutely,” HCA coach Daniel Meek said. “We wanted to do what we can to make it a special night.”
HCA won the game 50-22.
Meek said it was first mentioned prior to the game that the points could be taken off the scoreboard after he scored, but he and the HCA administration insisted the touchdown count.
“We told them, ‘We are going to let him score and we are going to keep the points on the board,'” HCA athletics director John Taylor said. “We are going to do it all the way. We wanted him to be able to score a touchdown.”
Light up scoreboard
Waverly amassed 590 yards in a 59-13 rout of Lewis County to remain unbeaten in Region 5-2A.
Gavin Stanfield and Montez Bradley were a big part of the offensive explosion. Stanfield was 24 of 32 passing for 245 yards and three total touchdowns. Bradley had 19 carries for 174 yards and four TDs.
Hillsboro snapped its two-game losing streak with a 62-0 rout of Glencliff. Hillsboro had 497 total yards to the Colts’ minus-3. Eight different Burros scored.
Riverdale quarterback Christian Souffront and receiver Marqwell Odom were a dynamic duo in the Warriors’ 16-13 win over rival Siegel. Odom had five catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Souffront had just two more completions in the game.
“All week at practice, we’ve been trying to get our time right on our routes,” Odom said. “Every day after practice we get together and work on routes.”
6K for Ty
Tennessee commitment Ty Chandler surpassed the 6,000-yard mark for the season in Montgomery Bell Academy’s 49-27 win over Pope John Paul II. Chandler, a senior, had 203 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns, including a long of 69.
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.
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