By: Jayden Newson
Friday night lights, there is nothing else like it. The fresh Cut grass, the roaring of the crowd, whistles being blown, the adrenaline running through your veins. The SHS football season had all of the things that makes Sterling Tiger Football the best way to spend a Friday Night. For some, this last time they would ever get the feeling.
Isaac Harris a junior, position wide receiver, had a special bond with this year’s senior class. He said, “I’ll miss the relationship I had with each of them.” Harris also talked about how each one was different and he loved each of them in their own way. Harris’s best game in his opinion was playing against the Eaton Reds during the regular season. With three touchdowns and one of those a kick return. “Bodie and I were just clicking on all levels, we were just in sync” His favorite memory from this season was hot tubbing every Thursday before games. “It was a relaxing and pregame routine.” he stated.
Senior, Bodie Hume is our former quarterback. Who has been our varsity quarterback for three out of his four years at SHS. Hume is an extremely talented athlete who had two outstanding games this season. “It depends on the perspective of others. I had seven touchdowns in the game against Fort Lupton, but I threw a pick. I threw five touchdowns and two running against Valley with zero picks. So it all depends on the person.” he said. Hume’s favorite memory from this season was when he threw a touchdown pass to every receiver during the Fort Lupton game. “I’m really going to miss the guys and coaches I played with. There a lot of memories there that I gotta cherish with those guy, .” Hume said. Hume’s advice to underclassmen, “Just put work in! It’ll get you as far as you can imagine with a great heart and putting work in.”
Senior, Christian Rose has played multiple positions, wide receiver, safety, a punter and lastly kick returner. Offensively, Rose’s best game was D’Evelyn, and defensively it was against Resurrection Christian. “The feeling of getting to put on the black and orange, and go ball out [play] with my brothers in between the white stripes. I’ll remember the friends I made more than anything,” Rose recalled for his favorite memory. He says he is going to miss everything about football: “…The grind,coaches,teammates. Friday night lights. If I had to put it down to one thing, it would be the feeling of just catching a football, and making plays on the gridiron, there’s nothing like it in the world.” Rose’s advice to underclassmen is, “When you don’t feel like giving your one hundred percent in a drill, or you don’t wanna lift in the offseason, do it. Always go one hundred percent cause before you know it, it’s over, and you don’t have anymore chances. Always give your best effort and attention on everything you do.”
Coach Rob Busemente has been the head coach for the Tigers for five years. Busemente felt that overall they had a pretty good season. “We had set goals and some we had achieved. The key was the guys controlling the process to get the goal.” However, There was not just one thing they are planning to focus on next season. Busemente talked about improving each other in all aspects, and he talked about trying hard to improve every year. “Whether it’s working on making sure no one is ineligible, just all kinds of things.” He stated “The seniors did a good job in the leadership aspect and accepting the role that they had.” Busemente said.
With only three home football games the Tigers did not disappoint. Winning every game and having a blowout homecoming game to ice the cake for homecoming week. The Tigers ended up falling to Eaton in the first round of playoffs 24-13. They finished with 7-3 record this season. We are proud of you boys.