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Minn. high school football captain apologizes after leaving sidelines to tackle would-be touchdown scorer

St. Cloud Cathedral captain Ben Reuter is seen at the bottom-right of this video screen capture leaving the sideline to tackle Zimmerman High School's Camerin Morey. Special to Forum News Service

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Zimmerman running back Camerin Morey broke through the line and with 80 yards left to cover to the end zone, all 11 St. Cloud Cathedral defenders were behind him.

He certainly wasn’t counting on a 12th coming from the sideline.

Brad Reuter, a Cathedral senior captain, ran onto the field and tackled Morey at the 12-yard line near the end of the game Friday night, Oct. 12.

After the tackle, penalty flags were thrown and Morey was eventually awarded an 88-yard touchdown run. Zimmerman (5-2) blew out the winningless Crusaders 53-20.

On Saturday, one day after the game, Reuter took to Twitter to apologize for his actions in a post captioned “I’m sorry.”

“I’d like to formally apologize to everyone involved for my actions last night,” Reuter’s tweet reads. “That decision was the result of not thinking and was based purely on passion, emotion and frustration.”

Reuter goes on to write that he respects and loves the game of football, and he’s sorry for the way he “broke the integrity of the game.”

On Sunday, the official Cathedral football Twitter account quoted Reuter’s tweet and said: “On behalf of @CathedralFB we accept Brad’s apology and we will move on. You are a great captain, teammate, and football player. AND you are right, don’t let one action define who you are. #crusaderpride”

St. Cloud Cathedral athletic director Emmett Keenan had no comment when reached Monday.

“I am going to move on and hopefully there is something greater that I can learn and grow from to become a better person,” Reuter wrote. “I’m sorry to all and just know that I am human and make mistakes like everyone.”

Reuter finished the game with 1 reception for 19 yards, 6 tackles and 2 sacks.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson

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