Football turned out to be only a secondary story line last Friday night when the undefeated Braves hosted the Temple Tigers at Staples Stadium.
In the game, the Braves rolled over the Tigers 62-27, but as fans walked out of the stadium many were in tears at what they had just witnessed during the last moments of the fourth quarter.
With only a couple of minutes to go in the one-sided contest, Temple head coach Seth Rogers approached Braves head coach Tim Barron to explain a situation with one of his sophomore players, Devin Moore, a physically challenged player on his squad.
He was wanting to put Moore into the game just to be able to get him in the action and talked with Barron about asking his guys not to injure him. Coach Barron suggested they go one step further and let Moore carry the ball for a touchdown.
What ensued was one of the most inspiring moments you could ever hope to see in a high school atmosphere.
“This young man played soccer for Temple last spring and came to me and said he wanted to play football. He is one of the hardest working players we have. I wish more of our kids had his work ethic. He only missed one summer workout and hasn’t missed a practice all year. As coaches, it meant a lot to us for Coach Tim Barron to let us do this.” ~Temple assistant coach Sean Schinella