By Kelly Schlicht
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WLUK/CNN) - The waterboy of a Wisconsin high school football team got the chance to realize a dream when the senior suited up for his first and last game. But the camaraderie didn't end there.
Number 14 for the Little Chute Mustangs strode out with the confidence of a seasoned veteran Friday night. And while he's served up Gatorade on the side lines for years, it was senior Noah VanVooren's first time ever in pads and a helmet.
"It feels pretty good. I am a big senior now. I'm so happy. My parents are here today and I have a big night tonight?" said VanVooren.
VanVooren has Down syndrome. Yet on this field, he's always been one of the guys.
"He's always positive. Walking down the sideline he'll pat you on the back and say you're doing a great job," said fullback Chet Pereenboom.
His teammates said they wanted to repay him. So they and the whole town had an even bigger surprise waiting for VanVooren on the chilly October night.
As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter of a blowout win, the final home game came to a close, but there came time for just one more play. It was VanVooren's turn to take the ball.
The Clintonville Truckers let him through, and away ran number 14, flanked by his teammates, down the field, all the way into the end zone. It was his first touchdown.
As the crowd erupted, many were visibly moved by the sportsmanship. None more than VanVooren's parents, Kara and Todd.
"He was born 18 years ago, and the doctors told us he would never be able to walk, talk, or do anything. And then to see him 18 years later, it's amazing. It's amazing. And to have a community as Little Chute to back him up and to love him the way they do, is breathtaking. You can't put it in words. You really can't," said Todd VanVooren.
For it turns out, the young man who first suited up in his very last game, had always been the MVP in their hearts.