MARSING -- The Marsing High School football coach is teaching his players more than just how to play the game. He's teaching them how to give back, too.
This past season has certainly come with a lot of highs, and a lot of success for the Huskies.
"Once they started believing in themselves, you see that all things all possible," said coach Jaimie Wood, of the Marsing Huskies.
One of the best parts of the season? The addition of an honorary player to the squad: 13-year-old middle school student Oseas Arriaga. He has special needs and uses a wheelchair, but he always has a smile on his face. They call him the heart of the Huskies.
It was Marsing High School’s Head Coach Jamie Wood's idea to ask Oseas to join the team. The players surprised him with a team jersey at the start of the season. He proudly wears number one.
"He wears his jersey, he's got this big smile. He loves it, it's his favorite thing," said huskies player Jason Galligan.
The jersey isn't the only thing he loves. He comes to every game.
"I just think the opportunity for him to come out and be there with us on the sidelines means everything in the world to him, you know, being a part of it," said coach Wood.
Oseas travels with the team too. He rides the bus with the rest of the players.
"We get to go on road trips and I get to go with the team!" Oseas told KTVB.
He also has the honor of leading the Huskies out onto the field, something he loves to do.
"We all get behind him, we send him out first. And then we all come running behind him and he leads us in a prayer.
Oseas is the heart, the heart of the team," said Galligan.
It's been a life changing, and emotional year for these players. They all feel like they're playing for Oseas, since he can't play himself.
"It's something you can't explain, it's a warm feeling inside you," said Huskies player Jesus Lino.
"It's just amazing what you can do to one person's life with the simple game of football," said Huskies player Justin Glenn.
Jamie Wood is not only a great coach, he's teaching these young men important lessons. Lessons about being inclusive, and making a difference.
"Coach, he's a great role model," Galligan said. "I don't know if there's much more I can say about that. He's just one of the best guys I know."
Oseas says he'll be a part of the team until he graduates Marsing High School. Right now, he's only in the 8th grade.
He's got a lot of football ahead of him!