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Michigan-bound high school running back gives emotional TD tribute to teammate (video)

Nov 5, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

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Any news from Ohio that doesn’t involve politics is welcome news today, but this is so good it just could make your week. It happened at a high school football game between St. Clairsville and Edison, where St. Clairsville was leading by a comfortable margin in the fourth quarter.

St. Clairsville running back Michael Fern, who has committed to the University of Michigan, found daylight on a sweep and ran 52 yards to the Edison 1-yard-line, where he purposely stepped out of bounds. That was to give freshman wide receiver Logan Thompson a chance to score his first varsity touchdown. Thompson’s father had died of a stroke two days before, and when Fern found out that Thompson would play in the game, he formulated his plan.

Thompson, a starter on the freshman team, plays sparingly at best on varsity and never lined up at running back, but [St. Clairsville coach Brett] McLean simplified the isolation play call with three words: “Just follow Ferns.”

“Mike and the line opened up a huge hole for Logan and he ran it right in,” McLean said. “He had his first touchdown on his first carry. Mike ran up to Logan and gave him a big hug. It was emotional for everyone.”

St. Clairsville ended up winning, 56-27.