YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — This is a story of when two teams become one. We’re talking about football, and two rival teams, at that — very competitive.
However, we are giving these middle school students sportsmanship a high score after what they did for a seventh grade boy with muscular dystrophy.
Caden Bowers, 12, spends most of the time in a wheelchair, but with his teammates behind him, next to him, and in front of him, he was pushed to the end-zone.
“I didn’t know they were going to put the helmet on me or anything,” said Bowers. “It was just so cool being able to be out there.”
Bowers is a Tabb Middle School student who scored, not one, but TWO touchdowns after the game against Yorktown Middle School. His teammates say they just wanted him to feel what they do while out on the field.
“I think it’s awesome that they were willing to step in and push me,” said Bowers.
Bowers never misses a practice with his teammates, he never misses a game, and even if he can’t make it on the field, he still stands on the sidelines with the coaches. But now, he’s the one to watch for.
“I just think it’s crazy that so many people wanted to watch that video,” said Bowers.
Tanner Wells is on the Tabb Tigers team and he pushed Bowers to the end-zone.
“He’s always here for us, he helps us with water, and equipment and all that stuff just helps us and it makes us stronger together.”
Bowers understands he may never run or get the chance to tackle, but this experience still scores high on his list for happiest moments of his life.