Of the more exciting times associated to the regular season of football, it would be hard to make a determination as to which is as the highest level: the weeks leading up to the season’s beginning or the weeks leading toward season’s end.
For the players, coaches and fans of the three local schools, the responses to this are all over the board.
For Oak Hill, this year was always meant to be a rebuilding year. In every game, they have show improvement over their previous season, and since the end of last year’s run through the gauntlet, the Raiders have been looking forward to a chance at redemption.
This is still the case on a weekly basis; therefore, looking forward to the very next game has very much been the motif of the Oak Hill Academy Raiders, and as a party to the atmosphere of excitement at each game, it is little to wonder at when that sense of elation grips the crowd, making an infectious thrall of those who support the team on a weekly basis.
Coach Merchant and the Raiders have three more games this year, which is all that is needed to pull off a winning season for the year.
The Hebron Christian High School team has been able to make a splash in which those in the community should be able to take pride. A perfect season, regardless of the inability to go to the playoffs this year, is nothing at which to scoff.
In eight-man football, the games are usually such high-scoring games, and usually so offensive, that when the decision was made to give the defense the proper due, it had to produce a winning combination.
The Eagles have been forced to set their sights on next year, regardless of how well their team has done this year. Yet, still, within the confines of the circumstances, could it be more impressive that the squad from Pheba managed to bring home a win at every single outset?
At home and away this year, the West Point High School Green Wave has found out victory around nearly every corner. The players and coaches have developed a chemistry on the field that has transformed a group of athletes into a disciplined team.
With only two losses on the books this year, and with every opportunity to make it into the post season, the Green Wave has to look forward to each game as an entity, but the rest of the season as a whole.
It matters for the team as it has mattered for no other local team.
So, as the season draws to a close, Oak Hill with three games left, West Point with four, and Hebron celebrating still and preparing for next year, when there are so many as yet unanswered questions, what is the finish?
The truth is that the finish for most players and for most coaches is never known. A metaphor for life, one could argue, but there it is.
Oak Hill and West Point look forward to continued support from their fans, students and parents as they make their way toward the end of the season.
Oak Hill next takes on New Site Academy at home this Friday, and West Point will travel to Saltillo.