Fan In The Stands: Role Change For Blair Oaks Student
JEFFERSON CITY - Dylan Forck's job is simple - to get the crowd pumped up.
"I kind of get the cheers going, tell them what cheers we'll be doing next and stuff like that, said Forck, a senior at Blair Oaks High School."
In the stands, he becomes a different person than he is at home.
"It's fun to watch him, and I just think you know, watching his excitement and some of the crazy things he does, jumping around," said Dylan's mother, Shawnna. "He's really kind of quiet at home."
But Dylan knows what the players need to hear. He was one of them. Dylan played football for the Falcons his freshman year. But then his playing career was cut short when he suffered a stress fracture in his back while playing basketball, causing him to miss his entire sophomore year.
"I was planning on playing my junior year, but it started bothering me again, so then last November, I had back surgery, so I just decided not to play this year," said Forck.
It was a difficult transition to make.
"It was pretty tough at first," said Forck. "Especially because a lot of these football players are like some of my best friends, and can't really play with them, so it felt kinda like I was letting them down."
But what he can't do on the field, he makes up for from the stands.
"I think this is an extension of Dylan being on the field. Even when he was injured and couldn't be on the field, but was dressing out, he was out there trying to pump up the guys," said Shawnna Forck.
He's there to support his teammates, his friends.
"He's a great kid," said Blair Oaks football coach Brad Drehle. "He shows a tremendous amount of sport. These kids out here are his friends. He wants to make sure they're getting the best they can from him."
Now, he wears the "F" for Falcons on his chest rather than on a jersey.