Teen with autism leads high school’s football team to league championship

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SAN FERNANDO, Calif. -- A 16-year-old boy with autism led his California high school's football team to a league championship after he kicked the winning field goal.

According to KTLA, when the score tied 13-13 and four seconds left on the clock, Alec Messing entered the game to kick a 32-yard field goal to help San Fernando High School beat Sylmar High School.

Due to Alec's special needs he doesn't actually attend San Fernando High School, he instead goes to The Help Group in Sherman Oaks.

Since his school does not have an athletic program, he was allowed by the California Interscholastic Federation to play at his home school if he tried out and made the team.

Alec didn't just make the team, he made varsity his first year. As he closes out his second season on the football team, he said his aspirations continue to grow thanks to the game.

"I just gotta make sure to keep kicking and ... just keep making sure I keep practicing kicking, to kick even better and stuff like that, and hope I could play college, and then professional," he told KTLA.

The teen hopes he can inspire other teens with special needs. David Rountree, his football coach said Alec has already done that.

"Whatever it is you may have, it shows that you can still be a part of everything and people shouldn't judge you. And [the players] don't judge Alec. They let him come out here and be what he is," Rountree said.


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