This is a great story. Michael Ferns is a top high school running back, heading to Michigan next year on a full ride. A couple of weeks ago, the St. Clairsville player was at the tail end of another great game against his team's area rival, Richmond (Ohio) Edison High, with an easy path to his 12th touchdown of the season after breaking several tacklers.
Before crossing, the line, though, he did something weird: He ran out of bounds at the one yard line. Everyone in the stadium was stunned. The refs even signaled incorrectly that he had scored, only to have their call argued against by St. Clairsville, a "surreal" moment, according to Yahoo. The call reversed, Ferns and his coach, Brett McLean, handed the ball to freshman Logan Thompson and told him to go in and score. Thompson, a dedicated player who hadn't recorded a carry on the varsity team all year, was still reeling from the death of his father just two days before.
Thompson ran onto the field and scored the touchdown.
Eventually, McLean's plan worked to perfection when Ferns found himself on a breakaway, then switched rolls to move from running back to bruising fullback for Thompson's cameo, helping clear a massive hole in the Edison line through which Thomson rolled into the end zone.
While Ferns is a highly regarded Michigan recruit, Thompson was the star of his team's victory, thanks to a touchdown that clearly meant even more to the freshman than his teammates hoped it might.
"Looking straight up into the sky after scoring my first varsity touchdown…i know the old man was watching! love and miss you so much daddy," Thompson tweeted after the victory.
Added McLean: "[Thompson's touchdown run] was something that touched the whole team. Logan was going through so much and for a few minutes we helped him get his mind off of things. It honored his dad. It was just an awesome moment."
My allergies are acting up.