had no idea he would be seeing his brother, a member of the United States Marine Corps, on Friday night.
Assistant coach Ronnie May had no inkling he'd get to see his son, coming off a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, before Bracken County's home game against Dayton.
Neither had any clue that Justin May would be greeting his family in a polar bear costume.
Justin, Ryan's brother and Ronnie's son, made a surprise appearance at Bracken County on Friday night, his first time back in Kentucky in nearly a year.
A former Bracken County (Brooksville, Ky.)
football player himself, Justin worked with his mother Maria, as well as Bracken County head coach Mike Sizemore, to surprise Ryan, a starting senior on the team, and Ronnie, an assistant coach on Sizemore's staff, according to the Ledger Independent
Dressed as the school's mascot, a polar bear, Justin paced on the sidelines before the game.
After the coin toss, the stadium's P.A. announcer began to recognize Justin for his service.
At that moment, he removed the polar bear's head to reveal himself to his father and brother, and all three embraced.
"He said he wouldn't be in until my birthday next month," Ryan told the Ledger Independent
. "I wondered why all the news people were here tonight."
It was a great night all around for the Bracket County community, as the team came away with a 12-6 victory over Dayton.
Ryan made his brother proud, hauling in four passes for 138 yards.