As I started to write this article, it being my last one of this year, tears began to flow down my face. I have mixed feeling going into this article and it is very hard to write when things are very difficult in so many areas.
First, let me say to the 2004 North Delta Green Wave football team just how proud I am of all of you. I have watched several of you play football since your junior high years and you have come such a long way. You improved each year and you showed that to everyone on the field and off of the field. You are all winners in your own way. Yes, you broke a school record of 12-0 and I am very proud to have been there to see that happen.
Yes, I would also like to go to the State Championship game with all of you, but life doesn’t always go our way. You take the loses with all of the winsas I have taken so many bumps in the road with my battle. We take it as God gives to us and we don’t question why things happen like they do.
I know first hand how hard it is sometimes not to question why things happen like they do, but it isn’t always easy to look at the bigger picture that God has planned for us. I do believe that He has something very special planned for the Green Wave football program, so please believe that it was His will and not ours. You are still champions. As a matter of fact, I believe in my heart that you are the North State Champions and always will be. That is just my opinion.
I want to say to the senior football players that I am very proud of the leadership you have shown during this football season. You have ben the best.
You were role models when you needed to be. I thank you for the season that you gave us and I wish you the best of luck with whatever you do.
To Adam Goodwin, J.R Walker, Harrison Nickle, Cody Hallmark, Clint Egbert, Jonathan Shedd, Hunter Coy, Justin Howell, Brandon Ciaramitaro, Scott Ross, Wes Hudson, Coy Bland and Hal West, you are the best and you will always be a very special part of history at North Delta Green Wave football.
I am very proud to be a GREEN WAVE FAN and always will be. As the football season was approaching in mid July, my life was uncertain whether I was going to be able to continue to write about your season. I was going through a lot with my health and I had to really pray about it. My heart wanted to be there every week but I wasn’t sure if my body could be there.
As the season started, I took one week at a time. I still remember that very first game all the way in Central Holmes and that was a trip for me. I got I got there and I told myself that I was not right in the brain for doing this. I had to sit in a lawn chair most of the time as most of you probably remember. Well, needless to say, after the game was over and I saw how much that I wanted to see all of you play each week, I changed my mind really quick.
Well, next came the trip to Marvell, Ark. That wasn’t any better for me. My doctor even told me that I should consider staying at home and listening to it on the radio.
Well, fans, listening to it on the radio is never the same as being there. I realized that I wanted to be a big part of this team after seeing how they played those two games. I knew that they were going to be something special this season.
I had been a part of Green Wave football since 1994 when my nephew played on the State Championship team, so I knew that this might be another team to be just as good. I had heard a lot of talk before the jamboree, but I had to see it for myself. Well, it didn’t take me very long to do that indeed.
The first home game came against Lee Academy and guess what, I had doctor’s orders to stay in bed for one of the biggest rivalry games and that is what I had to do. I did cry a few tears but I cried more after the game was over when you had won and I got to call in to the Farm Bureau High School Football Scoreboard Show.
That made me feel so much better. I just wish that I could have been there to support you, but my heart was there with you. What a turn around for your team to defeat Lee Academy that night.
Well, the winning continued and I got to be a part of it, thanks to my Lord and Savior who was watching over me. I also knew that I had so many people praying for me and that made me feel so good. It made me feel good for football players, coaches, and fans to come up to me and let me know that they were praying for me and that they were glad that I was at the games. Thank you so much for your prayers and your words of encouragement. It helped me get through this miraculous season with all of my health problems.
I didn’t get through this season without a lot of help from so many different people. First of all, the coaching staff helped me out so much.
Coach Johnston, thank you for having patience with me especially when I had to track you down to interview you while you were probably too busy for me but my schedule didn’t always allow me to do the interviews at your best time. You were so much help to me each week and I will tell you that I have learned a lot more football language from you this year and it has helped me in so many ways.
You went out of your way to help me when things got rough for me and you were so kind to always ask me if you could do anything to help me. I thank you so much.
To Coach Thomas, you are so caring. You were always helping me with the players-of-the-week pictures even when I couldn’t be there to take them. Thank you for all of your kind words of encouragement.
What a precious family that God has blessed you with. What a better time to add a new baby girl to your family than during this great football season. Thank goodness, she wasn’t a boy or you would have probably named her after football! Just kidding. She is precious!
To Coach McMinn, you have always been very special to me. I have known you since I was a little girl. You are still the most caring person that anyone would want to know. It still amazes me that you always do so much but you want to be in the back and not wanting any credit for what you do for anyone. That is a very special person and you haven’t changed any!
To Coach Hardy, you are very kind and you have been kind to me and always asking me how I feel and telling me that it was good to see me at the games. Thanks you so much.
To Coach Beach, you are new this year and I haven’t gotten to know you too well. I do know that you are very kind and everyone speaks highly of you. I hope in the future that I get to know you a lot better. I hope that you continue to be a part of Green Wave football because I know that you brought a lot to the program also.
To Tripp, I am still amazed that you are assisting also. You make me feel so old. I still want to see you on that football field playing like you did. You bring a lot of inspiration to the guys because you are close to their age and you can relate to them. You will always be a Green Wave fan and a former football player that we all remember. Please stay with the program.
Next comes the 2004 cheerleaders. You did a great job at every game keeping the fans fired up and the players motivated. You did a great job on the sidelines and I am very proud of you. I thank all of you for the nice words that you said to me and told me that you were praying for me also. Thank you Cindy Beard for all that you have done this year also.
To our radio crew, Mickey and Kirk, you are the best! Thank you for always helping me out at every game by giving updates on the stats and the clock for me. I couldn’t have done it without the both of you. Thank you for helping me out when I wasn’t able to be at a game. I appreciate you letting me come into the press box the last few weeks so I could attend the games and not have to stand up and not freeze and get sick. Thank you for the wonderful job that the both of you do for all of our Green Wave fans who aren’t able to attend the games. I know how much it is appreciated.
To Tom Gurley and John Howell, thank you for not getting tired of me asking you so many questions on the sidelines when I missed so many plays because I was in the wrong place or I was just too short to see the play! You were a lifesaver for me every week.
Tom, you got me the final game stats every week after the game even if it meant that we were late leaving the game so I could call into the scoreboard show and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without your help. Thank you so much. I hope that I didn’t get in your way too many times.
To my family that helped me out each week with whatever you did to help me with football, I thank you. Whether it was helping take my pictures, recording the games for me, or just helping me by being with me, I appreciate each one of you.
To all of the North Delta Green Wave fans, you are the best ever! Thank you for being a big part of an awesome season and helping make it a truly memorable one for me. Many of you have prayed for me each week and I really did appreciate it so much. You were so kind to go out of your way to help me in some way. Many of you helped out when my father’s house burned and I truly appreciated anything that you did or gave for him.
To Myra Bean, thank you for all of the help that you gave me. I could have never made it this season without you. You have bean a great friend and always caring about how I felt. Thanks you for helping me out when I needed some help. I know that you helped me when you had your hands full with South Panola and their awesome season. I hope that they will go on to win the 2004 State Championship again. Good Luck South Panola!!
Until next year, I pray that God will bless each and every one of you and He will see that you have a joyful holiday season that is approaching us and that you will give thanks to Him for the reason that we have the holiday season.