Editor's note: This story was first published in September of 2016, but has resurfaced this homecoming season.
"My favorite quarterback right here," says team manager K.L. Norwood, slapping his buddy on the shoulder pads.
Max Akin is a lot of people's favorite quarterback, and he's a good one. In the first half of Friday's homecoming game, the Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback had 200 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.
What he did at halftime was even more impressive.
"I didn't know when I would have the right time to do it," Akin said. "But I saw K.L., came over and gave him a hug, and I knew that he wanted that crown more than anything."
Both Max and K.L. were nominees for homecoming king.
The quarterback was awarded the crown. Moments later, he presented it to his friend, who has cerebral palsy.
"It was absolutely terrific," K.L. said.
"I think it should've gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him," Max said, "and that person is K.L., for sure."
"Max -- that's just what he is, and that's what our team is, too," said Fossil Ridge Head Coach Tony Baccarini. "They love each other, and that's why we're successful."
Fossil Ridge has won its first three games this year. No matter how this season ends, this moment will last a lifetime.
"I appreciate it," K.L. said.
"I thought it was the best hearing them chant K.L.'s name right after halftime, and I know he liked that, too," Max said. "Everybody was going wild for him. Everybody loves K.L. at this school."