Scott: This next one, we are calling the Play of the Year!
Now, here is a recap of the play and a little post-game analysis. Check it out.
Between classes, they planned and plotted. For weeks, the football players here at Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan secretly worked out a remarkable play.
Nick Jungel: Everyone was in on it.
Parker Smith: But the coaches didn’t know anything about it. So we were, like, going behind their backs.
Justice Miller: It’s just, like, to make someone’s day, make someone’s week, just make them happy.
Scott: The play, which was two plays, actually, happened at a home game recently. The first part of their plan was to try to get as close to the goal line as possible without scoring, even if it meant taking a dive on the one-yard line, which it did. The crowd was not happy.
Parker: Us kids knew, “Hey, we got this. This is our time. This is Keith’s time.”
Scott: Keith Orr is the kid in the brown jacket.
Keith Orr: Hug!
Scott: He is learning disabled and struggles with boundaries, but in the sweetest possible way.
Scott: Because of his special nature, it is no surprise that Keith embraces his fellow football players. But what is surprising is how they have embraced him.
Parker: We thought it would be cool to do something for him.
Nick: Because we really wanted to prove that he was part of our team and he meant a lot to us.
Justice: Nothing can really explain getting a touchdown when you’ve never had one before.
Scott: Which brings us to part two of their play. If you didn’t see Keith, it is because they were so protective of him, but he is in the middle of that rush. He described the moment in one word.
Carrie Orr: It was like, ‘Did he just score a touchdown?’
Jim: Get your camera out!
Scott: Keith’s parents almost missed the moment, but they got the significance.
Carrie: Somebody’s always going to have his back, from now until the day he graduates.
Scott: And she is right. When the football team decides you are cool, pretty much everyone else agrees. Today, Keith is a new kid. But by no means was he the only one who was touched by the moment.
Justice: It was like, once I saw him go in, I was smiling about like here.
Scott: Justice Miller is the team’s wide receiver.
Justice: Like, nothing could wipe that smile off my face. He’s never been, like, cool or popular. And he went from being, like, pretty much a nobody to making everyone’s day.
I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone’s day and everyone’s life.
Scott: Which may just make that touchdown the most successful football play of all time.