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A championship, and a great escape

Originally Published: August 17, 2009
By Matthew Iles | Special to Page 2

Everyone back home knew our football team was blessed. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but there we were, one game away from history. A win in the final week would not only clinch the school's first conference championship, but also complete its first undefeated season since 1939.

Everyone on our team knew we could do it; we had already overcome every obstacle thrown at us between the stripes. Our team -- and only our team -- also knew we had overcome at least one major off-the-field ...

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