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Monday, October 23, 2006


Hollywood Story from Fenton Football

I don't know if this is real, but I got emailed this story and thought it was wonderful. Please print this on FentonSays.com?
[editor note: we don't know if this is a true story, but we agree ... it should be posted here. if anyone else has further details or wants to make comments, please do so in the comment section below this article]

From Fenton High School Football Coach
To anyone that will listen I would like to take a minute of your time.
Last night, at the Fenton vs Ortinville Brandon football game I may have
witnesses one the greatest moments of all time in my history of watching
With the game all but over with the score 38-14 Fenton leading and
having the ball on their own 30 yard line with 1:14 to go, we
substituted in Johnathan Fitzgerald to the running back spot to carry
the ball. His first run was a loss of 2 yards and his second run was a
gain of 1. Johnathan you see suffers from Down Syndrome. He is at
every practice, and he is at every game. He works hard and we usually
put him in on a kick off team late in a game, or every now and then we
put him on the defense at safety where we know that he isn't really in a
lot of danger of being hurt. All week long this week though, he wanted
to be a running back and rep at that spot...so we let him. What a huge
moment for a kid that was with us all summer long at every camp. With
10 seconds remaining we were content with just letting the clock run
out, and satisfied with the effort that our kids had given, when the
Ortonville Brandon Coach called time-out. He apparently was talking
with our chain gang on the sideline asking what was wrong with number 7?
Was he new and didn't know the plays or what was the story? They
informed him that Johnathan has Down Syndrome. He then told the
officials "that if that kid has the guts to play, then he deserves to
score." So he instructed his team to make it look like a real play just
don't tackle him. So our boys lined up one more time with 10 seconds
remaining and we handed it to Johnathan...he hesitated, made a stutter
step through the hole and took off down the sidelines amid a wall of
blockers...The Ortonville players made it look absolutely great, as Fitz
raced down the sideline (we were praying from the booth he didn't step
out) 68 yards for a touchdown. There he was met by the entire team,
cheerleaders, and coaches. After shaking hands with the opposing team,
Fitz was hoisted at midfield by his teammates and carried to the
You here about things like this on ESPN or in the papers every now and
again, but to see it in person was probably the greatest moment in my
sporting career, as a player, coach, or fan.
I guess more than anything I would like to say that if you know anyone
that teaches, coaches, works, or is associated with Ortonville Brandon's
School system, make sure you mention what a class act that their
players, coaches and fans are.
Brandon C Chapman


Monday, October 09, 2006


Perky's out of business in Fenton?

I stopped by Perky's on the north side of town the other day, and there was a sign saying thanks for the ten years and to check out their other location.  Is Perky's really out of business in Fenton?  We loved their chicken salad sandwiches.


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