McCullough Kicks Cancer

Borah kicker Kellan McCullough is back putting footballs through the uprights a year after cancer.

By: Brandon Walton (Idaho Press)
Published: 9/19/2018 11:26:27 AM
 

Kellan McCullough kicks during a recent Borah football game. Photo By: Chris Bronson, Idaho Press


BOISE — Kellan McCullough takes three steps back and one to the side.

It starts with his legs. They begin to shake.

Then his chest.

Arms.

Head.

Before long, his entire body is shaking uncontrollably. It’s something the Borah High senior kicker hopes the thousands in attendance at Dona Larsen Park aren’t noticing.

The 17-year-old has lined up for field goal attempts before and this has never happened. But there is something different about this particular field goal try. It’s Friday, Sept. 7. Borah is down 29-28 to Meridian with just three seconds left on the clock.

But the shaking doesn’t have anything to do with that.

It goes much deeper.

It’s almost exactly one year to the day that McCullough’s world was turned upside down. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his neck and spleen.

And now here he is on the same field that was unceremoniously taken away from him.

The ball is snapped, the hold by senior quarterback Jake Standlee is good and the kick is …

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a kid with more character and grit than Kellan,” Borah coach Jason Burton said. “You don’t wish something like this upon anyone, but if I had to pick someone on my team to handle something like this, it’s him, and that’s exactly what he did.”

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