Joplin’s Isaiah Davis, senior, and Eli Eminger, senior, hold up the jersey of deceased player Kadin Roberts-Day during the coin toss. “Our School has come together around him,” said Isaiah Davis, Joplin’s leading running back, “That energy drives us every game, and every practice.”
Aries Gilyard, senior, gets brought down by Joplin’s safety Nathan Glades, junior. During this ten minute long drive, which spanned almost the entirety of the third quarter, Marquette would move sixty yards down field, but come up scoreless. Stang Gang’s alex Nolker, senior, said, “That Drive took a lot out of the crowd, It hurt that we used up all that time and got nothing.”
Seniors Julian Bledsoe and Chase Callahan are consoled by team alumni Tyler Pauley. “For a lot these guys that are graduating, they’re leaving not just this team, but the sport as a whole, So It is very emotional for everyone, especially on a team like this.” Pauley, who played his senior for the 8-3 Conference Championship MHS team in 2017, said.
Micheal Stewart, Head Coach, Addresses the team after the season ending defeated. “This is the best Marquette Team of all time.” Stewart said, “This is why everything matters, every little piece came together and we made something beautiful.”