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St. Charles 8th grader scores life-changing touchdown

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An 8th grader at a middle school in St. Charles scored a touchdown that has everyone talking—and those points did more than change the score of the game.

13-year-old Jack Mccraw has been on the sideline for two years for every practice at every game, cheering everyone on. Jack doesn't play, because he has cerebral palsy, but when he got in the end zone on Wednesday for the first time, spectators on both sides say cheers could be heard around the town.

Wednesday night, the Hurricanes were up 29 points to zero when Coach Sean Masoncup called Jack in for the play of the game.

"We actually ran what's called a 27 sweep on the outside---it's about 9 yards for a touchdown and the crowd just went nuts and I went nuts," explains coach Masoncup. "When I came around, I looked at Jack he had a little tear and the biggest smile ever."

The Hurricanes are undefeated this year and the coach says he told the team and the competition, the Rotolo's, before the game that Mcgraw would be going in to score. One of their parents got ready with their video camera. Everyone knew about this memorable moment—except Jack.

When Jack got in the end zone, dressed in Haines Middle School colors of green and white, everyone in the stadium cheered.

Coach Masoncup made sure the ball was in his hand and Jack took off in his motorized wheelchair, staring at the goal post.

"It was really emotional---cuz you know, he can't walk for the rest of his life and it was just a dream for him to get the ball and score in an actual game," quarterback Zack Mettetal told Fox Chicago.

Jack's mother Jill says her son has always wanted to be an athlete and she treated him like every other little boy.

"The biggest thing for me was just the acceptance and the kids were all cheering and the cheerleaders ran up to the sidelines and the parents were cheering," says Jack's mother.

Jack will be going to high school next year and his mother says he now wants to play basketball.

The Hurricanes will be playing next week in the playoffs. Win or lose, the coach and Jack's mother say they have all won because what happened on the field Wednesday was much bigger than the game itself.

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