HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It's not every day that an 11-year-old can step out on a Big 10 college football field and set a record, but that's exactly what 11-year-old township resident Tommy Marcketta did on Saturday at the annual Rutgers Scarlet-White spring football game.
Joined by 19-year-old Lamont Banks of Newark, NJ, they had the opportunity to connect on a record-setting touchdown 96-yard pass at the exhibition game.
Marcketta – a Children’s Specialized Hospital patient who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder – and Banks – a Valerie Fund Patient at Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel, diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia – spiked the ball in the end zone afterwards.
It was the longest touchdown pass in Rutgers spring game history.
Both had the opportunity to interact with players and coaches prior to the game and received a behind the scenes tour of the Rutgers athletic facility as part of their fun-filled day.