Barbourville rallies around teammate in need

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - "It's probably the greatest winning achievement I've ever had in my life," said Tanner Moore.

It wasn't a game the Barbourville Tigers were suppose to win.

"In sports they're nearly the favorite every time," said Jacob Rose.

The local paper needed just two words to describe it. "Upset City."

"You know we weren't expected to win this ballgame but we weren't going to let that get to us," said Rose.

A 1-0 shutout over powerhouse Knox Central, gave Barbourville High only its second district championship in school history.

"District we had it all clicking," said coach Sam Creasy. "We came together as a team for our short stop, and we battled through and won district."

It was much more than a battle on the field for short stop Jacob Rose, playing in the district championship game just three days after losing his mother Tina to stage four COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

"My mom passed on Saturday and Sunday I realized we played Monday in the first round," said Rose. "I sat down with my brother and me and him both knew my mom would have wanted me to play."

With his mom's initials displayed on his helmet and written in the dirt, Jacob joined his teammates on the field.

"He's used the sport to get away from what he's going through and as a team we've just rallied around it," said Creasy.

"I just think it's been an escape for him," said Tate Carter. "He's been able to get away from it, and when we're on the field you're just away from everything."

Jacob's mom almost never missed a chance to watch her son play before the disease prohibited her from attending the games in person.

"For about two year's she wasn't able to watch me play but she looked forward to me coming home telling her about everything we'd been doing. She was real excited about everything."

But after the biggest win of his high school career, Jacob wouldn't have his mom to go home to. So he did the next best thing.

"We all huddled up behind the dugout and coach asked me if it was okay if we all went in our sweaty uniforms to the funeral home, and we all lined up and we went straight to that funeral home one behind the other."

"I've never in my life seen anything this spectacular this amazing the way they've rallied around him to pick him up," said Creasy. "I mean it's blown my mind."

"They made it a lot easier for me. I just wanted everybody to know that she's right here with me."

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