ABILENE, TX - On Thursday night, the annual Cooper Spring game closed the book on the Cougars’ three week preseason period. A game was played, hits were made, and touchdowns were scored.
But one, stood out among the rest, a simple play, with one member of the team stepping up in a big way.
Defensive linemen Johnathan Presley has been on the varsity squad the last few years, but hasn’t seen much in game action -- because Presley has autism.
But it doesn’t slow him down.
When he’s in the game, it’s an opportunity to prove himself, and on Thursday night, Presley made arguably the biggest play in the annual scrimmage.
Presley fired through the gap from his nose guard position, with not just a great tackle for loss -- but a scoop and score. Presley taking the ball…and with big strides, marching all the way to the house -- 50 yards. The team, and the crowd behind him.
"The only defensive guy to score back-to-back touchdowns in the spring game, so that was certainly a goal we set for him all spring long and he did it to a T. It was awesome," smiled head coach Todd Moebes.
Not a bad way to end the preseason period, but for Presley, he’s proud to have contributed in the way he did. But it’s just his job.
“I'm proud because I did it for myself, I did it for my teammates, I did it for my coaches, and I did it for my friends and for my family,” Presley said after the score.
“That's what I do. I knock down people for my teammates, and that’s what’s going to happen to Keller and all the other team’s we play – including the ones when we go to state."
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