Texas Teen With Developmental Delays Scores Touchdown in High School Game

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This Texas student with special needs usually leads his teammates onto the field to start the game, but in a recent game he scored a touchdown instead. 

Kieran Johnson, a senior at Montwood High School in El Paso, has been getting the team fired up for four years and on Thursday he led them to the end zone in honor of senior night at the school.

“Kieran, for four years, he's been our loudest supporter, our biggest champion, and it's been his dream for four years to suit up in a varsity football game,” Ariel Famaligi, the team’s coach, said. “We thought it was a good time to get him out in the game for some action. He's fired up, he's super excited.”

Kieran has Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause developmental delays and heart problems, but it hasn't dimmed his love for football. 

In the second quarter of the game, a teammate handed Kieran the ball and he went for it. 

"All I saw was goal line and I went for it,” he said. “Game on, man. I tried and I made it baby! I'm feeling great after that one... Great touchdown, great play, great drive.”


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