QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- The 2012 season was already special for the Queen Creek Bulldogs, but on Saturday the team that made a name for itself with its kind heart and generosity found another way to impress the Valley.
With the help of a late safety, the Bulldogs were able to knock off Desert Edge 9-7 on Saturday afternoon to claim the Division III championship.
Queen Creek student, and arguably the team’s biggest fan, Chy Johnson was on hand to soak in the win.
“I love all my boys so much,” said an elated Johnson. “I’m happy.”
Queen Creek’s players caught the attention of people all over the country earlier this season when they decided to make sure that Johnson’s days at school weren’t full of criticisms and taunts from other students.
Johnson is a special needs student, and had struggled with bullying from her peers.
Tired of seeing her daughter come home from school in tears, Johnson’s mom decided to call family friend Carson Jones, who just so happens to be Queen Creek’s starting quarterback.
Jones quickly befriended Johnson, and the other players on the team followed suit.
“Carson just did a great job of doing the little things right and taking Chy under his wing,” said Queen Creek player Dejon Thompson.
The actions of Jones and the rest of the team caught the eye of NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, who recently delivered a message to the team.
But while state titles and attention from NFL legends is nice, Queen Creek's accomplishments off the field are what will likely be felt for years to come.
“Everyone’s nice to Chy, everyone’s nice to all the special needs kids now,” said Queen Creek player Derek Arrington. “It’s great to see the change in the school and in the community.”
Queen Creek football players stand up for bullied special-needs student