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Wishing our teams best of luck

Published 11:54am Friday, November 23, 2012

While most of us are enjoying a vacation today, one group will not be relaxing tonight. It is a group that hasn’t been able to relax for the past 12 weeks.

I am talking about our two football teams that are still in the running for the ASHAA state championship.

The Reeltown Rebels and the Benjamin Russell Wildcats will play tonight. Victories will send the teams into the semi-finals.

It is a huge accomplishment just to get to this point. The majority of the hard work in football doesn’t happen during the three hours of game time every Friday.

I would like to wish both the Rebels and the Wildcats the best of luck.

But I also would like to congratulate all of our other teams for the work they did this season.

This fall was my second season of covering football in Tallapoosa County. Covering a program over multiple seasons is a great experience.

You get to watch as players grow from that first play as freshmen to seniors starting every game. You learn all the coaches’ names, not just the head coach. You learn the best parking spot at every football stadium, and you also know which schools tout the best concession stand fare.

The teams I covered the most have already been eliminated.

I spent most of my nights with Richard White and his Dadeville Tigers. Of all the schools I cover, the Tigers have the most loyal fan base. This also makes this one of the most difficult places to find a place to park – Friday night is for football in Dadeville. You wouldn’t dare be caught anywhere else.

A few nights this season I found myself covering the Horseshoe Bend Generals. This team has shown the most improvement, in my opinion, over the last two years. Coach Jason Franklin has done a great job coaching this team into shape. I know that the Generals will have to deal with the loss of some key players, i.e. Chase Cheaney, Cory Battle, and Luke Holt, but I am looking forward to what next year holds for New Site.

On a final note, I would like to congratulate Central-Coosa on a good season. Coach Richard Bell is working hard to establish this program, and from the few games I watched, his hard work is starting to shine through.

So to all players and coaches Central-Coosa, Dadeville and Horseshoe Bend, thanks for a great season of high school football.

To the Rebels and Wildcats – keep it going and win tonight for Tallapoosa County.

Nelson is the news editor for The Outlook.