COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.--Coeur d’Alene High School is celebrating another state title for their football team. It is their third championship in four years.
The 2013 championship came in the face of some major adversity both on and off the field. The Vikings defied the odds.
Their star senior quarterback was sidelined with a broken ankle two weeks before the end of the season. The quarterback’s father was the team’s head coach. He was battling cancer.
"I've been looking forward to this moment to have a state championship since I was 5 years old,” said quarterback Gunnar Amos.
The Vikings engineered a come from behind game-winning drive in the last minute of the game to beat Highland from Pocatello. Gunnar Amos has to watch from the sidelines.
"This wasn't exactly my dream season, but everything happens for a reason. I can't control any of this,” said Gunnar Amos.
The Viking’s head coach, Shawn Amos, was diagnosed with cancer in October. Throwing in the towel was not an option for the family.
"To be able to go through that with a football family as well as obviously our real family makes it a lot easier. You don't feel sorry for yourself when you have a group like that wanting you to show up everyday,” said Shawn Amos.
The bond between the father and son grew stronger throughout the season. They said their own challengers were unexpected but they said winning the state championship was meant to be.
"For us to do it with the extra adversities that we dealt with was special. And it's a special group of kids, and it's a special program,” said Shawn Amos.
Coach Amos said he is now focusing on his battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He is set for a third set of chemotherapy on Wednesday.