Cox’s pass hit Abdilahi in the hands and he juggled the ball. The Rogers sideline exploded for a mere second, before the ball – and Abdilahi – fell to the ground. The pass dropped incomplete, and Cox was sacked on the final play of the game following the drop.
As Abdilahi writhed on the ground in pain after hurting his knee, two people in the stands started mulling over Abdilahi’s receiving skills. They were hooked. Abdilahi wouldn’t find out until the following Tuesday why these spectators were intrigued by his mistake at the end of the game.
Abdilahi missed that Friday at school with his injury from Thursday, because he needed to see the doctor.
“He comes limping in on Tuesday after the long weekend and he was being really quiet with me,” said Shavis.
Shavis knew what the two men in the stands were thinking about. Abdilahi didn’t.
“I asked him, ‘So are you going to play football in high school?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know. I feel like I lost the game for everybody.’”
That’s when Shavis broke the news to Abdilahi that the BC High School and Archbishop Williams coaches were in the stands that night.
They had both approached Shavis after the game. Impressed with Abdilahi’s speed and after hearing about his two touchdowns from the week before, they wanted to talk with Abdilahi.
“This kid put on the biggest smile,” Shavis said while laughing. “You could have told him that he won a million bucks and he wouldn’t have even cared. It was something that he needed to hear.”
Shavis was proud when Abdilahi informed him of his decision about trying out for football in high school later that day.
“He says, ‘I am going to play football in high school. And I know I have to keep up my grades, too.’”