“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the best of times.” With apologies to Charles Dickens, this pretty much summarizes the varsity football team’s 2018 season. What started with a promising 17-14 victory over the perennial playoff-bound Millington Cardinals, languishingly became a discouraging two month stretch that saw the Cougars lose 7 of 8 games. One lone bright spot during this span was the 38-6 drubbing over the Maumee Panthers on Homecoming. By no means did this team ever give up during games or on the season. In fact, there were a handful of games that could have gone either way during the 4th quarter, but for a variety of reasons and unfortunate plays, the chips didn’t fall the Cougars way. So, sitting at 2-7 there was one game left on the schedule; a game that would make or break the season.
Northview vs. Southview. Wildcats vs. Cougars. The Crosstown Classic. The Battle of Sylvania. This game is for all the marbles. It means bragging rights for 365 days. It means possession of the tacky, yet priceless Cat in the Cage trophy. It means getting the monkey off one’s back. So on a damp and chilly late October night, led by 22 seniors, a cagey veteran quarterback, a stingy defense, and a determined offensive line that paved the way for a wide-eyed sophomore, the 2018 Cougar football team once again walked down Cougar Lane with their heads held high. 21-14…It surely is the best of times!