“It was his senior year and the last game of the season,” DeMeyer said. “We were winning big late in the game, and we realized they ran a play with a special needs kid on the previous play and we tackled him. So I talked to an assistant coach on the headphones and said we wanted to let the kid score a touchdown. They gave him the ball again and he scored on the next play.

“It was just something that there was no hesitation, no questioning what we were doing. Plain and simple.”