'Red Raiders' Continue Proud Tradition as Remarkable Season Comes to an End"
December 7, 2014
"If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,|
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!"
- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
The nature of sport is that all too often the ends of seasons are sudden and devastating. The magnitude of disappointment is a reflection of the heartfelt connection to a deserving team. And that level of grief is intensified as the expressions of pain are openly revealed by the players and coaches that gave their all in a hard-fought battle, a battle that would end a memorable season. In time wounds heal and pains diminish. And just as there are few words to hasten the healing, there are perhaps fewer words to express the deep gratitude for the effort of all involved on the field. Without question the loss in the NCHSAA 3A West Regional Championship brought a heartbreaking end to a remarkable playoff run. But it also provided the opportunity for all to witness the character of a team that admirably exemplified the proud tradition that is South Point Red Raiders football. There were evidences of respect for the victors, gestures of appreciation for the strength and determination displayed by both South Point and Crest. And in spite of the tears that flowed when the clock ticked off the final seconds, heads were held high as players and coaches left the field. Some departed for the final time, others set out with a memory that will kindle a desire to return and advance to greater accomplishment. To each, we extend a heartfelt "Thank You" for making us proud to be a part of an outstanding tradition. Thank you for representing "our" program in commendable fashion.
To our Seniors: Thank you, Zach Barnes, Jaquan Brooks, Aaron Camp, Stephen Carriker, Matthew Hicks, Clay Julen, Jacob Leatherman, and Yale Loucks. Thank you, Hunter McCorkle, Tanner Muse, Max Neisler, Jeffrey Pearsall, Evan Preslopsky, Andrew Rudd, West Russell, and Donovan Stowe. Your accolades are well-deserved! For the outstanding record you've established, 4 consecutive 10 win seasons! We appreciate your unwavering commitment and strong leadership. Thank you all for being the Red Raider that you have been and always will be!
"If you can envision a dream and establish a goal,|
Or recognize the value of being part of a team,
If you can commit yourself to an unselfish cause,
If you can lead by example and maintain high character,
If you can mark your days
With hours of determination and hard work,
You are worthy to be a member of the 'family',
And moreover, you will ever be a Red Raider!"
With apologies due Rudyard Kipling.
Got Get 'Em, Red!
Notable Facts & Thoughts
As this season progressed, the coaches routinely encouraged improvement and this year's Red Raiders responded. Throughout the playoffs a common expression had been that, in the history of South Point football, this was the Red Raider squad that improved the most over the course of the year. It is difficult to argue the point, given the struggles at the beginning that established the improbability what would be the end…NCHSAA 3A West Regional Runner Up! Considering that the group of seniors set a county record for being the first to accomplish 10 wins in four consecutive seasons, no others are more deserving of a championship ring. All we, as the RaiderNation, can offer is an outpouring of appreciation for what our Red Raiders brought us week in and week out throughout the season! Thank you players, coaches, families, and fans!