Christian Hoard stood on the playing field at R. Harold Harrison Stadium after it was all over and had a look in his eyes that anyone who follows high school football knows about.
Hoard took off his helmet, covered with “Pride” stickers signifying standout individual and team plays, and let out a long, deep breathe. His team’s historic journey in 2009 had just ended after a 24-3 loss to Griffin in the state quarterfinals and it was understandably tough to accept.
“I know we had a great season,” Hoard said. “To win 12 games is great. However, I can’t enjoy that right now. All I can think about is this one. This loss hurts rights now. One day things will be better, but right now it just hurts.”
Jon Lee runs for tough yardage against the Griffin Bears, who entered the postseason as the No. 1 team in Class AAAA. - Photo by Jessica Brown
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