11-year-old football star told not to score too many touchdowns
September 29, 2011
Demias Jimerson of Malvern, Ark., is 11 years old - and he's so good at football that "he's going to score almost every time he touches the ball," according to his intermediate school principal, Terri Bryant.
In other words, he's so good he must be stopped. Because Jimerson runs circles around the other kids on the field, Bryant has decided he's not allowed to score more than three touchdowns, provided his team has at least a 14-point lead. In Malvern, they call that "the Madre Hill" rule, after Razorback great Madre Hill, who, like Jimerson, grew up in the tiny Arkansas town and breezed by his competitors at mind-boggling speed. According to Bryant, she's re-invoking the rule not to punish Jimerson but to provide his competitors with a chance to develop as players, too.