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Malik Knighten was playing his last high school football game for Charles City against bitter conference rival Waverly-Shell Rock. He was pumped up to try to upset a team headed for the playoffs on Friday.

But his team was down 49-7 in the fourth quarter. It looked like a sad moment to end on.

So he told a Waverly player to ask his coach: Put Dunn in the game; they would let the lineman run for a touchdown. When he saw his willing messenger talking to the obviously confused Waverly coach on the sideline, shop he ran over to ask him in person.

“No coach, diagnosis I’m serious, ailment ” Waverly-Shell Rock coach Mark Hubbard remembers Knighten telling him. “Put your guy in.”

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