There wasn’t a dry eye in the stands when the Lubbock Cooper Pirates’ captains walked to midfield Friday night. For this moment was bigger than the game of football and one that will stay with the 2016 Cooper Pirates and fans for a long time.
Alongside the captains in his wheelchair being pushed by his father was 10 year-old Luke Siegel, son of former Texas Tech tennis coach Tim Siegel.
Injured in a golf cart accident in July of 2015, Siegel suffered a traumatic brain injury and has spent the past year undergoing numerous surgical procedures while fighting to recover.
A young man full of life prior to the accident, Luke’s journey has been chronicled on the family’s Facebook page, “Pray for Luke Siegel” for the past year.
“The captains were awesome,” said Tim Siegel on the family’s Facebook page. “They all told Luke they would play for him and get the win.”
The captains kept their promise to Siegel and defeated Weatherford 17-0.