Covering High School Sports in America


Eric Hernandez dreamed of playing football and scoring a touchdown.

Gateway (Aurora, Colo.) head coach Ashour Peera wanted to help Hernandez fulfill his dream, but he would have to work for it.

"I wanted to help bring his dream to fruition, but I told him he couldn't play if he didn't practice with us," Peera told MaxPreps.

So Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, practiced with Gateway all week leading up to the team's game against Adams City.

According to Peera, both schools' athletic directors discussed allowing Hernandez to score before the game.

The plan initially was to give Hernandez a shot before halftime, but as the game went on they decided to leave it for the end of the game.

So late in the fourth quarter, Hernandez took the hand off and, with the help of his teammates, crossed the goal line.

His celebration following the score, in which he ran in joy, was a powerful moment.

"At the end of the play, when he took off running, that just brought tears to everyone's eyes," Peera said.