Grant Falls To Oakridge 41-7: A Story From The Stands
The Tigers returned to the playoffs under the tutelage of Tiger Head Coach Darren Geraghty and faced off against a rugged Eagle squad from Oakridge.
N3 recruited the talents of a pair of Grant High School seniors to capture the postseason game from the perspective of those who populate the student section to cheer on their fellow students in the quest for athletic excellence.
Our sincere thanks go out to the St. Arnold twins for this heartfelt piece and we hope to see more of their work in our pages.
The Time Of Our Lives
Story and Photo by Sarah St. Arnold and Olivia St. Arnold
Four years ago Grant's Varsity Football team descended..
...onto the field to play their last playoff game. This past Friday, October 28th, a new batch of hopeful players marched hand-in-hand onto the field, to continue the legacy with their own playoff game.
With fans packed on both sides of the stadium, the Friday night lights beaming above everyone, and the players ready to do battle, the Grant Tigers kicked off to begin play on the night.
In the first quarter, the boys fought hard to claim a touchdown but with no success; however, that did not kill their spirits. The Eagles had their work cut out for them, especially with the screaming fans backing the Tigers.
Trailing by only six points in the second quarter, the Tigers continued to battle hard. This game would determine if the handful of senior boys would get to continue to play one more game for their beloved Grant High School, or if this was goodbye to the team that they had dedicated the last four years to. With that in mind, number twenty, Casey Geers a senior, ran down the field scoring a touchdown for the mighty Tigers. The extra point was good and the 7 points gave the Tigers the renewed strength they needed.
The boys continued to fight for the win everyone was hoping for. The team has continued to practice since last season, to get to this moment and the boys did not work this hard just to give up on their dreams. Between successful passes, tackles, and yardage, the Tigers showed their impressive ability to persevere.
Half time was quickly over, and with the boys warmed back up, they were ready to prove they could pull out a win. The third quarter moved quickly, the minutes ticking down to the game's fate. The boys continued to push the Eagles back, even when the score had grown to 20-7 in favor of Oakridge.
With two minutes left in the final quarter, the coaches put all the seniors onto the field to play one last time together. The student section lined up against the fence to thank the seniors for their dedication to the football team and the memories they have given us. The boys continued to fight together as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
The Tigers might have only scored one touchdown, but it symbolized unity, strength, and family. The boys held together and met on the field after the game. The coaches gave a powerful speech that moved not only the players but the crowd too.
The 2016 Grant High School Football team has been and will always be a family, united by the wins, losses and everything in between. With their heads held high, and the seniors in the lead, the boys joined hands one last time and walked off the field.
Sarah St. Arnold is a senior at Grant High School. She plans on majoring in psychology and criminal justice where she can later pursue a career in criminology. She is the senior class president, and plays on the varsity tennis team. She enjoys pizza, drawing, and reading dystopian books.
Olivia St. Arnold is a senior at Grant High School. She plans to continue her education at Compass College of Cinematic Arts to major in film with a concentration in directing. She loves writing fictional stories, taking pictures for the yearbook and watching Wes Anderson films.