Michael Ferns is a high school senior in St. Clairsville, Ohio and a running back for the football team. He has a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan next year . . . and he has 11 touchdowns this season. (--St. Clairsville is 130 miles south of Cleveland.)
Two Fridays ago, in the fourth quarter of a game that St. Clairsville won 56-27, Michael got the ball and seemed to be headed for his twelfth touchdown. He ran 52 yards down the sideline, with no one on the other team in position to stop him. But then Michael slowed down and STEPPED out of bounds at the one-yard line. The referees were so surprised that they initially signaled for a touchdown. But Michael and his teammates successfully argued that he DIDN'T really score. Here's why . . .
Logan Thompson is a Freshman on the team. He never saw much action. In fact, he had never touched the ball in a game, but he always dressed out and worked security for the team on the sideline.
Well, Logan's father died two days before this particular game and the team decided to give him a chance to score a touchdown for his dad. The Coach told the players to look for an opportunity to make this happen. And that's exactly what Michael Ferns did. He stepped out of bounds to allow one more play for the score.
On the next play, the team gave the ball . . . and the touchdown . . . to Logan. 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.
There is still good in the world. (Read more at yahoo.com)