BUNCOMBE Co., NC (WKOW) -- The best sports rivals often share respect for one another. Canton Middle School and Waynesville Middle are the precursor for Pisgah and Tuscola, one of the area's biggest football rivalries.
Canton hosted Waynesville last Thursday, and CMS student Lou Stamey always looks forward to this game. He rolled up with a sign that read, "Eat my dust," directed at Waynesville.
For Lou, nothing will rival this match-up. He was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means the condition affects his whole body. He is wheelchair bound, and can hardly speak.
Before Lou's dad unexpectedly passed away, he passed on a love for football. Lou can't say it, but you can see it in his eyes and by his smile.
"He loves football. Don't you Lou? Got your game face on?" his mom, Belinda, asked. Lou smiled wide.
Canton Coach Josh Simmons drew up a play for this game so great, Waynesville wouldn't even try to stop it. It was a simple play, with a special name.
"Lou play on three. Lou Play on three. One, two, three, Lou Play," the team exclaimed from a huddle.
The quarterback took the snap and handed off to Lou. Classmate Brayden West pushed Lou from the 50-yard line, and Waynesville defenders fell down like Lou had super powers.
He soon reached the end zone, and both teams surrounded him to chant his name.
"Something special," his mom said as she wiped tears from her eyes.
The score didn't count, but the teams made Lou's day, and that counts more than anything.