Marvin Ridge Middle School's 'Invincible'

Marvin Ridge Middle School's 'Invincible'

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by DOUG KUFNER / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 5:36 AM

WAXHAW, N.C. -- The Marvin Ridge Middle School football team has seemed invincible over the last three years.

The Mavericks have a remarkable 30-0 record over that time period and have won the conference and county championship every year. 

A big reason for the team's success could be Vincent Troche.
 
Troche is the team's water boy and biggest supporter. You can see him on the sidelines wearing his Marvin Ridge apparel each and every Saturday afternoon during the fall.

"He really gets out there and gets after it and makes the team laugh," says Vince's mom Lauren. 
 
Troche gets to share the experience with his brother Michael who is a tackle for the Mavericks. It's the closest he'll ever get to being on the field for a game. That's because Vince suffers from a neurological condition known as dyspraxia.

It affects motor, memory, judgment and other cognitive skills. Lauren reflects on the journey and Vince's struggle, "It's a hard realization, to know that your child isn't going to be the things that you thought they would be when they were an infant or before they were born."
 
Football has helped Vincent and his family through all the trials and tests over the last few years.  Lauren believes it's the best thing that could have happened to her son.

"To watch him out there and interact with the boys like there is nothing wrong, he's just one of the guys and it fills my heart to see the support that Vince and our family has received from the team and the community."

 

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