ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – It was a moment years in the making. William Fleming senior Tyree Tasco has been involved with the Colonels since his brother played for them five years ago, and nowadays he’s considered an honorary member.
Head Coach Jamar Lovelace got together with an old colleague at Albemarle to create a night Tasco and the team will never forget.
“This moment we’re gonna share with Tyree is something that’s gonna last for years,” said Lovelace.
Friday night the Colonels faced off with the Albemarle Patriots in their first home game of the season.
“I’m excited to score a touchdown,” said Tasco, just half an hour before the moment when he would make the first play of the night, running from the 20-yard line all the way into the endzone.
Tyree’s sister-in-law Adriane Tasco says he’s had over 20 surgeries and was recently diagnosed with lupus and three brain tumors.
“Tyree has overcome so many obstacles, you would not know it because of his smile,” she said.
She adds that when his mother adopted him, she was told he would not live and may not walk.
“I had Tyree on the beach when he was probably I think two, and he took off walking,” the high school senior’s sister-in-law laughed.
Friday he ran – straight to the endzone.