Aledo Bearcats Player With Down Syndrome Lives Dream, Plays in High School’s 8th State Championship Win

No snap meant more in Aledo High School’s 55–19 win over Fort Bend Marshall in the Texas state championship last Friday than the final play of the game.

Blaze Mayes, a junior wideout, made an appearance for Aledo on the last snap of the game as it wrapped up its eighth state title. Mayes was born with down syndrome.

Mayes’s leg jittered with excitement as he lined up on the field. His teammates surrounded him celebrating as he returned to the sideline following the play, too.

Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. Moments like this make the saying especially true.

SOURCE: Sports Illustrated, by Kaelen Jones