The Washington Hatchet football team’s season came to end on Friday night with a loss to Brownstown Central, an undefeated team ranked No. 3 in the state. The Hatchets fought mightily, as they did every Friday night this season and every season. As I glanced up into the home stands, it frustrated me greatly to see less than 50 supporters present to support the team, most of whom were players’ parents and family. Sure, it was a bit chilly out, but that is what coats, scarves, hats, and gloves are for.
Only a few years ago, when the football team was becoming used to winning 6, 7, 8 games a season the stands were full of students and the community cheering the team on to victory.
Athletic teams go through cycles of success and, sometimes, wins and great play are hard to come by. The coaching and player desire or approach don’t necessarily change, but the outcomes can. That is when true fans keep showing up. That was not the case on Friday night. Very few students and individuals from our great community showed up to show to support of the 30 players doing their best to make their community proud.
We live in a time where success or failure is defined by how successful you are in regards to wins and losses.
The 2013 Hatchet football team was successful, not by the number of wins they accumulated, but by the work and dedication each player and coach put into preparing, and by doing so, the players in particular, deserved more student and community support than they were given.
I truly hope the trend of only showing support to those individuals who show victories on the scoreboard changes to support those who put the time and effort into actually attempting to be as successful as they can be.
High School football games are more than just an extra-curricular activity, it is an opportunity to come to come together as a community.
WHS football coach