Friendly Football Bet Brings Father and Son Together

2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago November 09, 2013 Nov 9, 2013 Saturday, November 09 2013 Saturday, November 09, 2013 2:23:00 PM CST in News
By: Taylor Barth, KOMU 8 Reporter

MOBERLY - Making a bet might seem risky, but for Joe Navarro, it's a way to show support. He paid his dues Saturday morning after losing a deal to his step-son, Dalton Wright, but the bet doesn't involve any money.

Wright is a sophomore at Westran High School in Huntsville. He's also a member of the varsity football team. During his freshman season Wright scored three touchdowns for the Hornets. Navarro wanted to put that number to the test this year, so he made a bet with Wright at the beginning of the 2013 football season. 

"One of us threw it out there that if he scored 10 touchdowns this season I'd get a mohawk," Navarro said. "He scored his 11th touchdown last Thursday, so I had to honor my bet."

To Navarro, the mohawk is more than just a silly haircut. He works as a union boilermaker and travels a lot, which makes it tough to attend Wright's games. Navarro said his new haircut is a way to show his support.

"It's one of the small ways I figure I can show that I am behind him. We're real proud of him. He's a good kid and a natural leader, and as soon as he taps into that, he'll be unstoppable. He made four [touchdowns] in his last game, and he's an outstanding player. I don't even like football, but I love watching him play."

Wright said he wasn't sure he could win the bet.

"I thought we set [the standards] pretty high, I didn't think I was going to do it, but I'm here, I did it," he said.

Wright called his relationship with his step-dad a special one.

"He's been with me since I was four," Wright said. "My real dad, he hasn't actually really been there a lot, so he's pretty much just taken the place of, really, my dad. He's always been there for me and supported me in everything that I do."

Navarro said if the Hornets make it to state, he'll dye his new mohawk green. He plans to make another bet with Wright for next year's football season, but said the stakes might be a little higher.

"We'll have to up the ante next year," he said. "I guess ten was a little too easy."

The Westran Hornets will continue their undefeated season on Monday, November 11, in the Class 1 District Championship against the South Shelby Cardinals.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Ethics Commission will investigate whether state Sen. Kurt Schaefer pressured the University of Missouri... More >>
43 minutes ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 11:06:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis County judge has ruled that the county cannot require police departments in 57 cities... More >>
50 minutes ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 10:58:57 AM CDT in News
CENTRALIA — Centralia police wrapped up a two-week investigation Friday in which 10 people were arrested on drug-related charges. ... More >>
1 hour ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 10:22:00 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Southeast Missouri State University's new president says colleges and universities need to remove obstacles in the... More >>
2 hours ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 9:19:47 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A 25-year-old man is dead and a 14-year-old boy injured after a shooting in north St. Louis... More >>
2 hours ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 9:14:48 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A person suspected of robbing a St. Louis County bank has been arrested after leading police... More >>
10 hours ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 1:15:06 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - More than 180 local businesses are making contributions to public school students in Columbia, from teaching classes to... More >>
10 hours ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 Friday, May 06, 2016 1:08:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For years, the Missouri Department of Transportation has said it doesn't have enough money. Now, the department... More >>
14 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:32:00 PM CDT in News
MEXICO - Officials arrested two people Thursday after finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia while searching a Mexico home. ... More >>
16 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 7:11:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA – Columbia sewers are getting an upgrade in May as the utilities department finalizes the design plans for the... More >>
16 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill with a number of provisions aimed at expanding access... More >>
17 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:48:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A measure aimed at helping ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft expand in Missouri... More >>
18 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:20:33 PM CDT in News
HAMILTON (AP) — A grain-handling operation is being planned in Caldwell County. The project is a joint venture... More >>
18 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:09:00 PM CDT in News
ROLLA (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a man sleeping... More >>
18 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:03:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A new job description for the next University of Missouri System president says that whoever enters the... More >>
18 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Patrick Totten has been making memories in Columbia for almost three decades. He lived in Columbia since... More >>
19 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:34:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A bank robber who left a trail of cash as he ran from the scene of the... More >>
19 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:31:04 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Legislature has authorized nearly $1 billion for maintaining state property and constructing new buildings. ... More >>
19 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:28:01 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
12pm 72°
1pm 74°
2pm 77°
3pm 79°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Access Hollywood
11:30a
Cheaters
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Adele Live in New York City
8:30p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Vampire Diaries
8:00p
The Originals
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld