Jacob Marshall Interview with Larissa Chelius Nomination & Photography by Howie McCormick West Virginia Issue 15
The Nomination: Last night during Braxton County's senior night game against Sissonville, four-year team manager Jake Marshall got the opportunity to suit up and take the field for the Eagles. Late in the 4th quarter, Braxton County had the ball in scoring position and Jake got the call to line up in the backfield and get in on the action. The ball was snapped, and he took the handoff on a sweep around the left side, led by his teammates as they walled off Sissonville defenders.
As Jake crossed the goal line, players from both teams surrounded him and celebrated with him... jumping up and down, smacking him on the shoulder pads and telling him to "Spike it! Spike it!" ...and when he did, they all went wild. The team decided to go for two and Jake got the carry again... and for a second time, he reached the end zone. He was unstoppable.
It was great to watch him trot back to the sideline with a smile on his face as his teammates and coaches congratulated him on his accomplishment. When the game was over, and the two teams lined up to shake hands, Sissonville players and coaches were quick to give extra encouragement. One of the coaches pulled him aside and said "There's the man! I don't know why they weren't giving you the rock all night!"
The Eagles may have lost the game as far as the scoreboard goes, but you couldn't help but feel good knowing you watched one of those truly great moments of selflessness and sportsmanship in sports.
A LIFETIME DREAM ACCOMPLISHED! My name is Jacob Marshall I am a Senior at Braxton County High School. To say this has been a year to remember is putting it mildly.
My story started four years ago when I was lucky enough to become manager for our High School football team. This happened through the help of a former coach. My love of the sport has always been a part of my life. However, I have never been able to play due to my disabilities, so becoming a manager was the next best thing.
As a manager, I was responsible for many things which included lining the field on game days, filling and distributing water bottles, and making sure all the equipment was out and ready for the players. I attended all practices and games for both the JV and Varsity. I have enjoyed the friendships I have made over the four years. Being a part of an organization, in this case football, has really helped me grow as a person. It was great to know people relied on me to help a program become successful. Some people may think that being a manager is a thankless job, but it is just the opposite. I take my job seriously.
This year the teammates went to the Athletic Director and coaches and asked if I could suit-up for Senior Night and be one of the Captains for our last home game. I personally want to thank everyone involved for making this dream come true. Excited doesn't begin to explain how I felt. I was happy, nervous and a little worried about what was about to happen. Being fitted for pads and helmet and practicing for the first time was a dream come true. The team stopped their practice when I came out on the field cheering and clapping for me. Being able to be part of the actual team and being able to carry my equipment home was a very proud moment. The night finally arrived. Just standing on the sidelines with other teammates was exciting but when a huddle was called, and the coaches told me to go in was unbelievable. My team told me to pick my favorite play, which I did. Out on the field we went. They assured me they had my back and I was in total trust.
The ball snapped, and the Quarterback gave me the ball. I tucked the ball and ran into the endzone and scored a touchdown. Next came the two-point conversion which was also my responsibility. I was successful a matter of moments I scored 8 points.
Everyone, I mean everyone, including all coaches and both teams/players came out on the field slapping my helmet and congratulating me on a job well done. I also received a standing ovation from the spectators and presented the Gameball!
Words cannot express how great I felt. This was a defining moment in my life. A true life-changing experience. My Senior year has been simply GREAT!!
This was all made possible by the loving support of my Mother, Grandmother, Family and Teammates.