By Frank DiRenna
It was Marysville High School football player Jacob Vanscoy’s shining moment.
An enthusiastic member of the program for three seasons, Vanscoy’s physical disabilities — he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy at birth — have limited his playing time.
Coach Morgan Cotter rewarded Vanscoy for his dedication by letting him play during the fourth quarter of the Monarchs’ 51-12 win over visiting Central Crossing on Oct. 25.
The 18-year-old senior made his varsity debut on senior night.
“This is a dream come true,” Vanscoy said. “Thanks to coach Cotter, now I just got an honor to represent my mom when she’s not here. I have to thank coach Cotter for the opportunity.”
Vanscoy dedicated the game to his mother, Kendra, who died in October 2012 from MRSA and pneumonia, he said.
She was his No. 1 supporter in sports — and life.
“My mom was a big part of why I joined the team,” Vanscoy said. “She was a big part of my life and (the one) who made me want to join sports and meet new people.”
Vanscoy is listed as a lineman on the Marysville roster, but he entered the game at wide receiver.
“The plan was if everything went the right way, we wanted to get him on the field tonight,” Cotter said. “He’s earned that. He comes to practice and he does his part in practice.”