Tanner’s life — and his family — hasn’t been normal since he was injured Oct. 30 during an Eight Man-2 playoff game at Falls City Sacred Heart. While fans cheered teammate Leo Lauko’s playoff-record 57-yard field goal, Tanner writhed on the ground with a broken right femur. When doctors decided to insert a rod to help the leg heal, they found cancer.

Leo Lauko was a fast learner. The exchange student at Emerson-Hubbard kicked a 57-yard field goal, the longest by an eight-man player in state history, in last week’s 52-13 loss at Falls City Sacred Heart in the first round of the Eight Man-2 playoffs.