‘Cam special:’ HS football teams help player with Down syndrome score touchdown

Tyngsborough High School senior Cam Allard has always wanted to be the quarterback and during a game last week against Littleton, he got his chance.”I scored a touchdown,” said Allard, who has Down syndrome.Fellow senior Tucker Carmichael took the snap and handed off to Allard.“I’ve known him since kindergarten. He’s always been a competitor and it was awesome to be able to see him compete on the field with us,” Carmichael said. Tyler Ducharme caught the pass for a touchdown.”It was awesome to see him smile and make his day,” Ducharme said. “It makes me feel good,” Allard said.The team had been practicing the play and named it for Allard. “It’s called ‘Cam Special,'” he said. After the touchdown, Allard celebrated with a “Gronk Spike” and a “Cam Newton Superman.”Head coach Rob Beaudette arranged with Littleton’s coach to make the play happen and teach some valuable life lessons.”From a high school football perspective, I believe truly that it’s about making moments or memories and then having lessons learned, and I think this play specifically did both of those things in one moment for all 16 seniors,” Beaudette said.Allard’s father said his son’s journey to the end zone has been long and challenging.”He’s had 28 surgeries, you know, he’s got a lot of stuff going on right now, so out there was pretty awesome to see. I can’t thank coach Beaudette and the boys all enough to let him do that, you know. It meant the world. It’s going to mean the world to him. It’s something he’s going to never, ever forget,” Wayne Allard said.

Tyngsborough High School senior Cam Allard has always wanted to be the quarterback and during a game last week against Littleton, he got his chance.

“I scored a touchdown,” said Allard, who has Down syndrome.

Fellow senior Tucker Carmichael took the snap and handed off to Allard.

“I’ve known him since kindergarten. He’s always been a competitor and it was awesome to be able to see him compete on the field with us,” Carmichael said.

Tyler Ducharme caught the pass for a touchdown.

“It was awesome to see him smile and make his day,” Ducharme said.

“It makes me feel good,” Allard said.

The team had been practicing the play and named it for Allard.

“It’s called ‘Cam Special,'” he said.

After the touchdown, Allard celebrated with a “Gronk Spike” and a “Cam Newton Superman.”

Head coach Rob Beaudette arranged with Littleton’s coach to make the play happen and teach some valuable life lessons.

“From a high school football perspective, I believe truly that it’s about making moments or memories and then having lessons learned, and I think this play specifically did both of those things in one moment for all 16 seniors,” Beaudette said.

Allard’s father said his son’s journey to the end zone has been long and challenging.

“He’s had 28 surgeries, you know, he’s got a lot of stuff going on right now, so out there was pretty awesome to see. I can’t thank coach Beaudette and the boys all enough to let him do that, you know. It meant the world. It’s going to mean the world to him. It’s something he’s going to never, ever forget,” Wayne Allard said.