Rivals Give Last Touchdown to Player With Down Syndrome

by Tom Henderson Sep 21st 2009 4:38PM

The Maryville Spoofhounds could have shut out the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals 46-0 at last week’s game.



They let the other team score a touchdown.

They did nothing to stop freshman running back Matt Ziesel from running more than 60 yards to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard. Cardinals Coach Dan McCamey asked the Spoofhounds for their cooperation because Ziesel, 15, has Down syndrome and spent the entire season on the bench — begging the coach to let him get some action on the field.

Hats off to both teams for showing classy levels of sportsmanship and compassion. The rival high schools are about 42 miles apart. Both are north of Kansas City near the Missouri/Kansas border.

The Cardinals still lost the game but won a lot more.

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