I wonder how many folks out there know how exciting high school football can be. Some teams are blessed with the best coaches. These coaches sometimes change the lives of the young men under their charge. A lot of 6-A school have great teams because they have a lot of young men from which to pick. Plus, they have the money to hire the best coaches for their teams. However, our school is not that big of a school. Saying it is 3-A means it is a mid sized school since schools are ranked from 1-A to 6-A with 1-A being the smallest.
My grandson is on a winning team again this year. Last year this same team was only scored on three times but never lost a game all the way though the play offs. They took state in the 3-A division in the state of Alabama. That was an awesome feat for a small school who had never come close to having a winning team such as this one under the leadership of Keith Etheredge.
Coach Etheredge went to high school there with my youngest son. He finished college served his time and came back to his school to lead these young men to victory. He is making men out of these young men. Other than their school work and playing football they serve doing community service work under his direction.
These young men look up to their coach with admiration and will do anything for him. That says a lot about this coach. My grandson had to be on the field the morning of the game ready to scrimmage at six am. That is tough for young men. Yet, as I stated, they all are devoted to school and their football team. That same day, they had a homecoming parade. It was small but it was a lot of fun to go out to support the school and the football team.
All of the boys on the team received a huge championship ring last year thanks to the awesome contributions of the community. I hope they get another one this year as they deserve it.
If there were more people in the school systems who cared as much about the young people as this coach, there would be less kids in the street and more involved in the school.
My hat goes off to this coach for all of his devoted time. Cheers to Coach Etheredge, the school and the sports program. One more thing is that last year, the basketball team also won state.