The East Rockingham High School football saw its season come to an end on Saturday.
Though surely not the outcome the athletes, their coaches and families were hoping as the team sought the school’s first state football championship since it opened in 2010, the season was anything but a disappointment.
Saturday’s 35-21 loss at home was East Rock’s first taste of defeat of the season.
The Eagles were 13-0 heading into the Virginia High School League semifinal game against Goochland, and had won their first regional championship.
The team played hard and had a good run, and perhaps more importantly, was gracious in defeat.
“Right now, this doesn’t feel real good,” ERHS coach Donnie Coleman said. “It stinks, but we came up short and the first thing we have to do is tip our hats to Goochland. They beat us today. You have to recognize that. They got us. They played better football than us in all phases and outcoached us.”
Congratulations on a good season to Coleman and his crew.
Speaking Of Seasons Ending
James Madison University’s football team also lost in the playoffs over the weekend, falling to Colgate 23-20 on Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y.
The following day, JMU lost coach Mike Houston to Eastern Carolina University.
Again, not what the players and fans were hoping for, but the Dukes still deserve kudos for a good season.