Girard team should hold heads high

It was obvious that Girard Indian Football coach Pat Pearson and members of his varsity team were heartbroken Saturday evening.

Who wouldn’t be?

Five months after starting to train in the dog days of summer, this team was the only one still standing in Trumbull County, wrapping up its amazing run Dec. 1.

Sadly, things didn’t go as planned and this high-caliber, one-of-a-kind team fell to the top-ranked Cincinnati Wyoming Cowboys, 42-14, in the Division IV state championship game played in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday.

The Indians were playing in the first state championship game in the program’s history, with a massive following of fans that more than doubled that of Wyoming. In the end, the Indians finished their season with an incredible 13-2 record.

And though the score didn’t reflect it, there is no doubt the members of this team, led by senior quarterback Mark Waid, won’t soon forget the heart and soul they showed all season long.

As the day wrapped up, Pearson reminded the outgoing seniors they were part of the brotherhood, a special organization for those legendary figures to wear the Girard uniform — displaying those black and red colors so proudly week after week.

“We’re not saying goodbye,” Pearson said. “They’re just changing their role.”

Pearson told these young men to hold their heads high because they represent Girard so well.

Would they have rather walked away with the championship trophy? Undoubtedly!

But after the sting of this loss is quelled, what is left will be the memory of this amazing season, of the love and support from a strong, close-knit community and, of course, the camaraderie and lasting friendships that no one else ever can take away.

Yes, coach Person was right. These players must hold their heads high.

Congratulations Girard Indians on an incredible season.