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The attention of the country was recently focused on a high school football game in McDermott, Ohio. In the final quarter, Dave Frants and Derek Dewit, the rival coaches called a timeout, conferred together, and agreed upon a highly unusual play. On one team was 17-year old Jake Porter, a mentally-challenged player. In his 3 years on the team he suited up for every practice, attended every game, but never participated in a game. Near the end of this game his coach called him to come on the field, and the quarterback handed off the ball to him. In a brief moment of confusion Jake hesitated, then began to run. The opposing team gave way, without looking too obvious, and this young man ran 49 yards to score a touchdown. Then something unexpected occurred. Both sides of spectators stood up in the stands and began to cheer and even cry for joy, for this young man’s crowning moment in life. Players from both teams celebrated, with helmets raised to the sky. Both bands began to play. Jake’s mom, Liz, a single parent, ran onto the field to embrace her son. At that moment, for both schools, football became more than a game. Paul is assuring us that we are champions because our Savior has guaranteed us victory.

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