Sept. 25, 2012 — It’s never easy getting back up after a tough loss but you must do so nonetheless.
Friday’s rough outing in Ashland was something the football Vikings want to soon forget, but there is only one way to do this, and the opportunity arrives this Friday night.
We are at a critical juncture in the 2012 high school football season. Week six and the start of district play has come and gone, but there is one key word in this sentence that must be considered, and that’s ‘start’.
Ashland Blazer is no doubt the best team in the district, and in my opinion, they had already proven this the week before when they nearly took down perennial Ohio powerhouse Ironton on its home field.
Bottom line: This year’s Vikings squad will not play another team as good as the Tomcats in the 8th District.
In fact, this week’s opponent, Greenup County, is licking its wounds after being massacred by Fairview, 72-0.
Collectively, outside of Johnson Central’s 4-1 record, the rest of the district is a combined 2-8, with the two wins coming from Boyd County.
So what do these numbers mean for the Vikings?
Essentially, there is no reason to let Friday’s scrapes and bruises tear down the hopes and dreams of a potentially solid season.
What this year’s green and white faced last week was simply a team that was much better.
A loss is never a good thing, even a predicted one, but we must still press on.
The final four games of the regular season are all very winnable, and the key to being successful lies within the hearts and minds of the players themselves.
This week’s game will be the true test for how the 2012 season will end. Like the Vikings themselves, it is the fans’ responsibility to have pride in your program.
Despite its strong core of seniors, Rowan County is still a relatively young team, and growing pains are simply a part of the process of development.
I want this post to be not just an uplifter, but a reminder that no matter how gloomy a situation may appear, there is always a light to be found if you have the will to do so.
March onward, ye men of green.
Grant Stevens can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.