Riley Lowder scores his first touchdown; doesn't let disability get in the way

It's a match made in heaven for Delphi's Riley Lowder.

Posted: Oct 19, 2019 12:20 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — It's a match made in heaven for Delphi's Riley Lowder.

All Riley needs is his uniform, the pigskin and an opportunity to cross the goal line and score his very first touchdown.

His mom, Missi Lowder, said he never lets his disability get in the way.

"He's never nervous," said Missi. "You can just tell when he gets excited."

Delphi High School was taking on the Taylor Titans Friday night when both teams agreed to let Riley run an untimed down and get him into the endzone. 

The public address announcer even had his fun calling the play for all of Berto Field to hear.

"They have really brought him out of his shell," said Missi. "He didn't talk a whole lot or anything and now he just lives for football. He wants to be a football coach he wants to be a teacher."

Riley has autism and his mom said the family moved from the eastside of Indianapolis to make his life easier.

"Delphi embraced him when we moved in," said Missi. "They allowed him to play football and it seems to be his passion."

Other passions for Riley include golf and wrestling. It's sports that let Riley be himself.

"He's just amazing," said Riley's sister Grayce. "He is really a good brother. I don't know what I would do without him. He's made me a better person."

Grayce is a freshman at Delphi and she said the family atmosphere brought her closer to her older brother.

"He just loves on me," said Grayce.

She said disability or not Riley will always be her number one.

"My brother, I would not change him for the world," said Grayce. "I'm glad for who he is. I adore him so much."

She loves Riley so much she wanted to give him this message.

"Riley I love you," Grayce said as she blew a kiss.

Delphi went on to beat Taylor 47-0.

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