It has to be seen in the eyes of the seniors, in the looks they give each other as they hug on the field, hopefully after lining up in the victory formation.
There’s no tomorrow in football for most of those kids, and there is no substitute for that.
It’s the kind of thing that stays with you, if you’re fortunate enough to be a part of something special. The 700-or-so kids playing football for schools in our coverage area certainly are.
The nostalgia of high school football doesn’t live in September and it doesn’t live in the Super Bowl. That feeling lives in your heart, and once you’ve felt it, it doesn’t leave. It doesn’t change because the state has a new playoff system.
That’s true this Thanksgiving, last Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving.
Just another game? Not on your life.
What this morning is, for that kid playing with his family for the last time, is one of the most memorable of his.
Matt Williams is the assistant sports editor of The Salem News. You can contact him at MWilliams@salemnews.com, 978-338-2669 and follow him on Twitter @MattWilliams_SN.