Dream Comes True for Lancers’ Superfan
East Union High School Senior Vinny Torrice has never missed a football game.
"He's been the biggest fan of East Union since he was a freshman. Gone to every single game," Vic Torrice said of his son.
Win or lose, rain or shine, home or away, Vinny has been supporting the Lancers football team and dreaming of the moment that he might join them on the gridiron.
Vinny, who has Down syndrome, got his opportunity during the playoff game against Del Campo High School in 2016. Vinny ran a 27-yard touchdown through a sea of blockers to finish the game.
Players from both teams met Vinny in the end zone to celebrate, and the Lancers' student section could be heard chanting, "Vinny!" throughout the stadium.
"I had no clue. I'm still shaking," Vic Torrice told The Record. "I never dreamt of this for my son."
"That kid means a lot to me," Lancers' wide receiver Jake Harries told The Record. "He's really like my brother. I absolutely love him to death. I'll never let anything happen to him."
We at Les Schwab Tire Center are proud of Vinny, the East Union High School body, and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF State). We applaud the sportsmanship shown by both teams, and we'll continue to support those athletes, coaches, students and supporters who stand for something greater than winning and losing.