Difficult Farewell To Seniors
There is no easy way to say goodbye.
Twenty-three seniors on the Stillwater football team had to find a way to say the word after a 49-14 loss to Sand Springs on
Friday night in the first round of the Class 6A-Division II playoffs at Pioneer Stadium.
They didn't want to say the word that would make the end of their high school football career real.
There were hugs and words of encouragement given to the younger players.
Although the season didn't end with a win, Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said he couldn't have been prouder of the team and
the senior class.
"Overall message is we love them," he said. "They're good kids. They've done what we have asked them to do. We started out
with such a rough start to our season and they could have quit on us a long time ago. But they didn't. They continued to play and
try to learn and hooked up every week. So my message is, I'm going to tell them thanks, tell them how I feel about them and
thank them for what they've done for us."
Although most will play other sports for Stillwater this year, receiver Jordan Brown is the only one expected to play in college.
Brown announced his commitment to Tulsa University before the season.
"I'm excited about that," he said. "I'm about to go start working with my trainer now and get ready for my next year of football."
With his excitement to play at Tulsa in mind, Brown said it was hard to walk off the field for the final time with this group.
"All of them did great tonight," he said. "Everyone got to play so I'm glad we all got to play for one last time together."
Brown was one of the bright spots for the Pioneers. He finished with a team-high 73 rushing yards, including a 61-yard touchdown
late in the first quarter.
Barnard said after the career Brown has had at Stillwater, he earned the opportunity to score in his final game.
"It was cool," Barnard said. "He has been a great player for us and has great things ahead of him. I'm happy for him. He's
developed into a strong kid for us and a leader type personality."
Brown said he had a lot of memories from the past four years, some good and some bad but said he wouldn't trade any of the
"I loved my whole high school career here," he said. "I met a lot of friends here from playing football. Without football, it would
have been hard."
11-14-15 by Patrick Osborne