More Than a Game

Armwood football: An end for some, a beginning for others

At the end of a football season, a fork in the road appears.

Graduating seniors take one path, while underclassmen often take the road that loops around to return for next year.

At the end of Armwood's state championship football game last week in Orlando, it was apparent which road each player was starting down.

Some players showed no sadness, but smiles, celebrating that they made it this far.

Others sat silently on the field, teammates standing around them, waiting to receive their silver medals.

While Armwood has a large number of returning players, for some, this would be their last game with the school, or last game of organized football, period.

For senior safety Kyle Gibson, who has committed to playing at Vanderbilt, this was his final game with head coach Sean Callahan.

"It's sad to go out like this, but you've got to move on. New beginnings," Gibson said.

Meanwhile, some returning players already have high hopes about the outcome of next season.

"We will be right back here, playing this game. Probably playing the same team. Hopefully we will come out with a 'W,' " said quarterback Noah Johnson.

Each week this fall, Times photographer Eve Edelheit scanned the county to focus on the ancillary aspects — players, drama, coaches, fans, highs, lows, tradition, cheerleaders — that make prep football in this area "More Than a Game."

Armwood football: An end for some, a beginning for others 12/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:42pm]

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