DEL CITY — Community Christian coach Brooks Mosier pulled up his car about 10 yards away from the sideline and put it in park.
Mosier said he was going to do whatever was possible to be at the Community Christian and Destiny Christian game for the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association championship on Friday.
This was the definition of whatever was possible.
Mosier was unable to attend the semifinals a week before. It was the first time he had missed a game in more than 40 years of coaching.
After going through radiation treatment for a brain tumor in the last month, he was too weak to attend.
Things weren’t looking good early last week, either. When Mosier showed up for the game, he said it was the first time in more than a week he had left the house.
Because of the cold weather and his health, Mosier asked Destiny Christian coach Rusty Stone if he could watch the game from the sidelines in his car. Stone said yes.
"There was never a question about that. It was tremendous for him to be out there. He deserved to be out there,” Stone said.
Feeding off the inspiration CCS was going to have, Stone had his own way of trying to get his kids fired up.
Stone went around the room before kickoff and asked every player to dedicate the game to someone. A family member who had died, a friend, the coaches, each other — it didn’t matter who.
"It truly made a difference,” Stone said. "It was real emotional hearing who some of those kids were playing that game for. And emotional for the coaches when a couple of the guys said they were playing for the coaching staff.