Sisters High athlete's special moment gets him the spotlight

Sisters High athlete scores first touchdown

SISTERS, Ore. – The Sisters Outlaws beat the Junction City Tigers 42-19 in high school football action but that wasn't the biggest storyline on Friday night.

While there were plenty of points scored, the game’s biggest highlight came before the first kickoff. Following the coin toss, the Outlaws offense lined up for special play, with a special player in the backfield.

B.J. Groat, who has Downs Syndrome, got his hands on the ball and ran it 40 yards for the game’s first touchdown.

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This is B.J.’s second season with the football team.  Last year, he got to join his friends on the sideline and wear a jersey at home games. This year, he travels with the team. And Friday night, he got to suit up in full pads.

His mother tells KGW that Outlaws head coach Gary Thorson coordinated the special play with the Junction City coaching staff. During his big run, B.J. managed to avoid several diving tackles. His teammates mobbed him in the back of the end zone.

B.J.’s mom called it one of the greatest moments of his life.


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