In yet another remarkable demonstration of grit and courage on a high school field, a Montana football player defied all odds Friday night.Koni Dole
, a starting two-way player from Huntley Project (Worden, Mont.)
, scored two touchdowns in a 45-0 win over Joliet less than a year after having his right leg amputated below the knee.
According to the Billings Gazette
, Dole underwent multiple surgeries following a compound fracture of his leg while playing a season-ending game in October of 2012. Blood flow to the leg was cut off, thus the family decided to have his leg amputated.
By January, Dole was already wrestling on the school team and began working out for football. He also ran track in the spring. It was remarkable, considering Dole was running by the time most people would learn how to walk again.
On Friday, the fullback and defensive end gained 10 yards on the game's first play against Joliet and later scored the team's first touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run late in the first half.
He played both ways the first half and recorded a sack from his defensive end spot. Playing with an athletic blade similar to South African middle distance runner Oscar Pistorius in the 2012 London Olympics, Dole added another 1-yard touchdown run in the second half.
"Just to overcome all this, and to be back on the field with my teammates, is probably the best feeling I've ever had," he told reporters after the game
. "That first time you step on the field after all that I've been through, I couldn't feel my body. I don't know. (It's) just an indescribable feeling."
Montana State has offered Dole a preferred walk-on football scholarship. His goal is to play college football.
Other similar prep stories over the past year:
* Quadruple amputee Josh Ruchotzke is a baseball starter
and .300 hitter.
* Top quarterback recruit Jacob Rainey takes the field
* A quartet of blind athletes
throughout the country compete.