Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

September 15, 2013

THE SKINNY: Gridiron season so far full of intrigue

GOSHEN — It’s been an interesting first four weeks in Michiana high school football.

Every season, there are storylines that develop, tragedy and tribulation, hope and heartbreak — and through it all, football players — just like athletes in other sports — learn life lessons that will endure long after the uniforms come off for the last time.

For the Fairfield Falcons, tragedy struck a few weeks ago as a former football player apparently committed suicide on Thursday night — less than 24 hours before the Falcons were supposed to host Prairie Heights in an NECC game.

I remember well the shock of losing not only a classmate, but a fellow player.

I’ve written in this space before about the 1981 loss of my friend and teammate Carlos Perez, who collapsed and died of a heart attack on the practice field during a brutal series of pre-conditioning drills in 90-plus degree weather.

And as I covered the game that night, my heart was heavy as well, as I watched the players go through their warmups and my thoughts traveled back in time more than 28 years to my own experience.

When something like this happens before a game, especially in the zone where players are already getting themselves psyched up for game day, the first decision is whether or not to play the game. The Fairfield players wanted to play, because it’s what their friend would have wanted.

And once the game begins, it goes one of two ways: A team is either inspired to stellar heights by the desire to honor their friend, or the inspiration is there, but the execution just quite isn’t.

The latter outcome was what happened to the Falcons, as they ended up falling to the panthers on their home field for their first loss of the season.

But, you know what? Hats off to the Falcons for putting on the gear and getting after it.

Elsewhere across the area, Goshen is struggling to find an identity and victories as the season reaches the halfway point.

I have been in that situation too, and it is a difficult one, to be sure.

But the Redskins, also, are learning a valuable life lesson: The power of not giving up.

All throughout life, there will be days when things don’t go your way, and you feel like giving up.

But you go back out there every day, lace ‘em up, and go to work.

And at the end of the day, if things don’t turn out your way, you come back again tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. 

Concord, meanwhile, is rolling along, the class of the NLC at 4-0 (3-0 in the conference).

The Minutemen look to be primed for another deep playoff run, even with a move up to the 5A ranks this year.

It should be an interesting final five weweks of the 2013 regular season.

See you at the field!

Contact sports editor David Vantress at 533-2151, ext. 325 or by email at david.vantress@goshennews.com.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • GN140418 bulls-gibson Improved Gibson proves key for Bulls' success DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Taj Gibson flashed back to the grueling workouts in the searing Southern California heat last summer. There he was with Derrick Rose, running and jumping and trying to take his game to another level for the Chicago Bulls while thei

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 base nr-wv kennedy PREP BASEBALL: A pitcher's duel EMMA -- The pitchers were dominant early on until the offenses could getting things going in a high school baseball game between the Northridge Raiders and the Westview Warriors Friday night at Westview. Both starting pitchers hurled four innings of

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thunder Pacers Basketball [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers switch into playoff mode against Hawks INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers believe things have changed. Instead of chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference, all they have to do is protect their home court. Instead of pressing, they've been joking around. And instead of trying debating what w

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul George making big play for endorsement deals

    Paul George already has a winning resume

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140418 bulls playoff push NBA: Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards CHICAGO -- Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 ghs wawa nr btrk 01 PREP BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Warriors triumph GOSHEN -- The Wawasee Warriors showcased a couple of very talented athletes in an NLC meet with the Goshen Redskins and the Northridge Raiders Thursday night at Foreman Field. Juniors Clayton Cook and JJ Gilmer were involved in six first places finis

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 bglf goshen hartsough PREP BOYS GOLF: Goshen easily downs Central in 2014 opener ELKHART -- Sometimes, the third time really is the charm. After the first two scheduled meets of the season were postponed due to inclement weather earlier this week, the Goshen High School boys golf team was finally able to start the 2014 season Th

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TGN Sports Roundtable, Ep. 26

    April 17, 2014

  • Pacers Magic Basketball -3 [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top se

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes. I have noticed more problem properties
No. I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results