Special needs student scores touchdown for Montwood
One play. One touchdown. It was a night Montwood High School student Kieran Johnson will never forget.
"All I saw was the goal line, and I went as fast as possible," Johnson told CBS4. "I tried, and I made it, baby. "
Johnson is a special needs student who has been the team's unofficial mascot for four years. He has what's known as Willams Syndrome and survived a daring open-heart surgery when he was just two years old. During Montwood's game vs Socorro Thursday night, both teams allowed Johnson to suit-up and enter the game for one play. Johnson took the handoff, jogged to his right, and sprinted 50-yards for a touchdown. His Montwood teammates escorted him into the endzone and the Socorro players applauded as Johnson was hoisted into the air after crossing the goal line.
"It was really emotional for me," says Johnson. His mother Barbara was in the stands and even she was overcome with emotion. "He loves those guys," she said.
Montwood won the game 68-38 and is now 2-2 in district play with one game left.