Special Olympic Athlete Greg Focht Scores Touchdown At Blue-White Game
One of the biggest moments of Penn State football’s Blue-White scrimmage didn’t take place during the action between the two squads. It took place between the third and fourth quarters when a group of Special Olympics athletes scored a big-time touchdown against the Blue team’s defense.
Defensive backs coach Terry Smith, whose daughter Hayley was among the Special Olympians on the field of the group, led the team on the field for the moment. Smith called the “Nittany Lion Special” in the huddle and the offense lined up.
The Special Olympics squad was quarterbacked by a legendary friend on the play. Trace McSorley lined up under center — probably for the first time ever at Beaver Stadium — and handed the ball off to Greg Focht. Focht is a Special Olympics Hall of Famer and just recently lost his father; you probably couldn’t have picked a more deserving recipient of the big moment.
Focht took the handoff to the left and sprinted into the open field, making several Nittany Lion defenders miss on his way to a 20-yard touchdown. His teammates sprinted to the end zone to celebrate the big play along with James Franklin and the rest of the Nittany Lions.
Making people like Micah Parsons and Yetur Gross-Matos miss is no easy feat, but Greg Focht did just that on Saturday, and it’s safe to say he did it in style. Gross-Matos may have been an All-Big Ten player last year, but he didn’t stand a chance against Focht.
A similar moment played out last year when Brooke Fischer, the Special Olympian who introduced the rest of her teammates this afternoon, scored a touchdown at the 2018 Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium.
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