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State Champs' secret weapon puts a ring on it

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Damarcus aka Coach D Damarcus aka Coach D
Alicia Frederick Alicia Frederick
Coach Bubba Pfister Coach Bubba Pfister
Jonathon Cavanaugh Jonathon Cavanaugh

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was a soggy night for high school football, but the rain couldn't dampen the spirits of one young man who received a huge reward Friday night.

"He sees it on my calendar and he points it out to us," Assistant Pleasure Ridge Park Baseball Coach Bubba Pfister explains of the anticipation that's been building for months. PRP special needs student Damarcus Scholl is trying to concentrate on his school work, but it's not easy knowing a big night is ahead.

PRP's football Panthers are hosting John Hardin High, but it's the baseball team that's about to be honored.

According to the 2013 State Champs, the victory came thanks, in part, to the positive energy delivered by Damarcus, their favorite bat boy also known as Coach D. 

"Whenever we're down we just look at him and he puts a smile right back on our faces," said Senior Catcher Jonathon Cavanaugh.

WAVE 3 News was there for some of Coach D's classic pre-game huddles at regionals, that's when the Panthers get pumped up by his smile and his Dougie. Damarcus said of his dance technique, "I do the Dougie every game." His teammates said he's really dancing for the girls in the stands.

As for the Championship presentation? Damarcus said he was certain the girls would show up for the honor.

Coming to PRP in 2009, Coach D just missed out on the 2008 championship and is looking forward to finally putting a ring on it.  Pfister said of getting that ring, "He's always wanted one because he wants to be like everybody else and he has what everybody else has."

Damarcus' classmates, teachers and team wouldn't have it any other way.

Coach D's love and dedication for the Panthers helped motivate his teammates to make sure he got that championship ring. Pfister said, "They wanted to win pretty bad, but a lot of them wanted to win for him also, so he could have something to be proud of and show off that he was part of a team."  As Damarcus got his ring, his mom Alicia Frederick said, " I was so scared for him to go to high school, but now he's so popular every time we go out everybody knows Damarcus AKA Coach D."

She added looking over at her son, "This is one of the best moments of my life."

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