PHILOMATH, Ore. -- A Philomath High School football player with special needs scored a touchdown at their game against Sisters High School last Friday.
The game clock ran out, but neither team left the field.
Instead, Warriors coach Tony Matta went to the bench and told Joel Carrera to get ready.
"He was a little nervous. I remember I gave him a hug and told him to take a breath, and he sorta did that and then trotted on out there next to Caleb," said Philomath football player Logan Hannigan-Downs.
Joel jogged out onto the field and the quarterback snapped the ball and handed it off to him.
As Joel ran down the field, everyone in the stands was holding their breath.
Joel made it to the end zone, with his teammates and the players from Sisters High School following close behind, and scored his first touchdown.
Joel has been the team's equipment manager for the past five years, while also steadily practicing with the rest of the team.
Coach Matta expressed his admiration for Joel.
"You see how much a kid who has some physical limitations gives everything he has, and I think that's good for those kids who have a lot of talent and ability who sometimes don't work as hard," Matta said.
Joel's teammates described his touchdown as pure magic and a moment that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.