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Great Clips of the Week: Army dad surprises Wasatch High lineman with senior night appearance

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Oct 15th, 2018 @ 2:29pm


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SALUTING THE TROOPS — Sports can be a good escape from life, whether in good times or bad, and provide us with happiness, joy, ecstasy — and even a little pain.

But a lot of times, sports remind us of what is most important.

That’s what our first moment did Thursday night during a Utah high school football game.

As always, click the video above for all of our Great Clips of the Week.

Dad's great sacrifice

Region play wrapped up last week for a lot of Utah high schools, which means several schools sent off their outgoing seniors with one final senior night presentation.

Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and siblings are all known to pack the field as each senior is presented before the crowd one final time.

Wasatch High senior lineman Damien Mellars wasn’t sure if his father, Lt. Col. David Mellars, would be around to celebrate his final home game in Heber City.

Lt. Col. Mellars is an active Green Beret, and he was stationed away from his family protecting our freedoms.

But he surprised his son just before kickoff and was on hand to walk his son to midfield with the rest of his teammates and classmates, providing a touching moment during the Wasps’ final home game against Provo.

Who started the fire?

If you haven’t heard by now, Zach Wilson started his first game at quarterback for BYU last Saturday night, and he led the offense to a 49-23 win over Hawaii.

With a season-high 474 yards of offense, you could say the youngster was … on fire.

Maybe literally, after the fire alarm was set off at LaVell Edwards Stadium during the Cougars' postgame press conference.

Get down with JuJu

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has had plenty of highlight-reel moments since the six-time Super Bowl champions selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.

But do any of them compare to the wideout’s “Backpack Kid” dance last Friday at a Pittsburgh-area high school?

If the NFL doesn’t work out, we’re excited to see Smith-Schuster’s second act as a cheerleader.

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