On a high after winning their championship game, the Black Knights football team were driving home when an SUV ahead crashed.
‘We just saw dust fly up,’ said Orlando Clay, driver of one of the two vans transporting the 13 and 14-yearolds. ‘You could see they had flipped.’
The six players in Orlando’s van ran straight to the overturned car and helped the passenger, 65-year-old Alan Hardman, to safety.
But Alan’s wife Maggie, also 65, was trapped.
‘It looked like she was crushed,’ said Orlando.
Then the second van with 12 more teammates pulled up.
Together, the players used all their strength to lift the SUV, holding it in the air until Maggie was dragged free.
The teens credit their coach Rudy Jackson for their bravery.
‘He taught us to not be selfish – help others out before yourself,’ player Reagan Magill said.
Alan and Maggie, who suffered broken ribs and cuts and bruises, welcomed the opportunity to thank the team when they visited her a few days later, laden with flowers and balloons.
‘They were absolutely wonderful,’