Lufkin football player with prosthetic leg helps score winning field goal

Lufkin football player makes waves

LUFKIN - Coaches and classmates at Lufkin High School are still congratulating Isaac Huerta, 15, after he helped the freshman football team score the winning field goal on Thursday.

Huerta said the moment was extra special because it was the last game of the season. He said he has been dreaming about playing football since he was younger.

"When I was little, that's who I wanted to play for, the Lufkin panthers," said Huerta.

It was a dream fueled by watching his favorite professional football player, Dez Bryant, take the field.  

"He came to this school, when I was little I used to come see him," said Huerta.

At the age of three, Isaac had to have his left leg amputated due to a birth defect.
He said it wasn't until he was much older that he asked his doctors if he could play sports.

"When I told them I wanted to play, and they said we could try it and it did," said Huerta.

Ever since, Isaac started practicing with his teammates, running the same drills.

"We didn't give him an opportunity. He showed up and said he wanted to play football so I said sign up and let’s go, get dressed out and let's go to work,” said Lufkin High School Head Football Coach, Todd Quick.

Although Isaac's prosthetic leg poses some challenges, Quick said he doesn't get any special treatment.

"It's the same. He does the same workout as everybody else,” said Quick. “There are some things that he doesn't go as fast as the rest of them but we don't adjust a workout."

Coach Quick says Isaac's hard work and dedication pays off on the field, especially on Thursday.

"It was tied, and we needed to score and I just threw it back and we scored," said Huerta.

 

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