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Dalhart coach helps special needs boy score first touchdown

Alex prepares for his big play./ (Source: KFDA) Alex prepares for his big play./ (Source: KFDA)
Alex and coach Camp./ (Source: KFDA) Alex and coach Camp./ (Source: KFDA)
Dalhart cheerleaders cheering on Alex./ (Source: KFDA) Dalhart cheerleaders cheering on Alex./ (Source: KFDA)
Alex and his dad hug after his first touchdown./ (Source: KFDA) Alex and his dad hug after his first touchdown./ (Source: KFDA)
Alex and his team pose for a picture./ (Source: KFDA) Alex and his team pose for a picture./ (Source: KFDA)
DALHART, TX (KFDA) -

There wasn't a dry eye at Dalhart's football stadium Thursday evening as one 7th grader got to score the touchdown of a lifetime.

Alex Rodriguez, 11, is the manager of the Dalhart Junior High School JV boys football team. 

His father, Richard Rodriguez, tells us he doesn't get to play because he has Down Syndrome. But that's all changing thanks to Coach Camp.

Rodriguez said Alex loves football and enjoys cheering his team on from the sidelines. 

During games you can find him running up and down the field with a big smile on his face.

One day at practice, Camp found Alex in the boys locker room all suited up ready play, and that's when he knew he had to make a change. 

He called Alex's father and said he wanted to do something special for him, help him score his first touchdown ever. 

At the school's pep rally they told Alex he would he able to play at the end of the game, and Alex was nothing but excited.

He spent the whole game preparing for his big moment. He practiced with his friends and even the school's mascot. 

At the end of the game both teams set up a play and Alex's teammates, school friends, father, and eight siblings cheered him on. 

If you're viewing this story on your mobile device click here to watch Alex's touchdown.

Rodriguez said he's grateful Camp made his son's dream a reality. 

"I just want to say thank you for just the love he expressed to him and just being a blessing to him," Rodriguez said. "He just took him under his wing as an assistant coach and let him score so that was awesome."

The Rodriguez family moved to Dalhart from Las Vegas, NV, a move Rodriguez said wasn't easy.

Rodriguez said it warms his heart to see his community show so much support for Alex. 

"It's just very emotional to see the support of a community and just Dalhart has been a great place to us. We were reluctant to move here and it's been a blessing to us."

The Dalhart Wolves lost their game but they did have one big win tonight...helping Alex's dream come true. 

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