St. Maries boy with disorder finally gets in the game

A boy with a rare genetic disorder in Saint Maries wasn't supposed to play football.

ST. MARIES, Idaho – The final game of the season for the St. Maries middle school football team on Saturday had a special meaning for one of its players.

Carson Wicks, 13, plays for the Lumberjacks and suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome. He hasn't played in a game all year and has begged his coach all season to put him in.

That all changed on Saturday.

"He came up to me and he told me, 'Cooper, I have butterflies in my stomach,' " Wicks friend Cooper Daniel said.

Wicks' coaches and teammates planned on putting him in at quarterback towards the end of the game. When the coach told him, he was a little scared.

"He said I was going to be the quarterback … I was like, Oh no. I might get hurt," Wicks said.

Nerves and all, Wicks went in and it got even better from there. The first play, he handed it off to his teammates for a run. What happened next, made it a special day for Wicks.

"The next play was 15-Iso and he got to run the opposite way and got in the endzone," Carson's dad Craig Wicks said.

The scoring wouldn't stop there for Wicks. The Lumberjacks decided to go for a two-point conversion, with Wicks at quarterback, instead of kicking the extra-point.

"The next play was passing and it went into Cooper's hands," Carson said.

Even fans from Orofino knew what was going on.

"You could hear them yelling from the stands, 'Go number 17, you can do it,' " Craig Wicks said. 

It was a special moment. But as Carson's parents put it - the touchdown was just as important as knowing that their son was and still is truly a part of the Lumberjacks.

"He was so excited. The way the other kids were treating him. He was a part of the team. He always is, but that was extra special," Carson's mom Tanna Wicks said.

With the football season over and a touchdown under his belt, Wicks said he is now focusing on basketball season.


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