Bridgeport Football Looks Back On Class AA State Championship Run
"It was a crazy moment. I couldn't believe it. I still try to wake up and see it, as just a dream. But I still can't believe it," Bridgeport senior lineman Tyler Morgan said.
"I didn't even want to take off my jersey on Friday night. I wanted to keep it on for the rest of the night. Just everyone coming up to you in the town saying congratulations. It just never gets old and I'll probably remember this for the rest of my life," Indians senior running back Anthony Bonamico said.
So will the rest of the state. Friday's Class AA Championship Game paired the two best teams in the state. But that may not be the reason people remember the game. Mother Nature stole the headlines, dropping several inches of snow throughout the entire game.
"Well, I figured at least if we lost, we would at least have an excuse. But it was what it was. I think it made for a great atmosphere. Not that you needed anything to make you remember it, but that is definitely something that is going to stick out in these boys' minds in the next 60, 70 years," Bridgeport Head Football Coach Josh Nicewarner said.
"I think it was a lot of fun to play in the snow like that. I've always wanted to play in a game like that before. It's kind of like a dream, coming out in your last football game ever and beating the number one team. It's kind of cool," Indians senior lineman Hunter Renquest said.
"I guess it was only fitting to go out like that. Have some fun in the State Championship Game and go play in the snow," Bridgeport senior quarterback A.C. Caldera said.
Mistakes were plentiful throughout the game, but the one thing that powered this Bridgeport team to a State Title, was a simple saying made before the season even began.
"Coach even said it in the beginning of the year. He said our goal isn't to win the State Championship. It's to get mentally tougher every single day. I told them at the end of the day: I said guys, I think from day one we got mentally tougher,' Bonamico said.
As far as legacies go, the 2013 Bridgeport Indian Football Team will be remembered by many as a team that lived up to expectations, while holding down the name of Bridgeport Football.
"We didn't back down. We kept fighting and that's what was special. Every kid on this team I had a great relationship with and it's a special feeling to go out winning a State Championship with them and the coaches," Caldera said.
"I'm going to say heart. This team had so much heart and they didn't play for themselves. They played for the kid right next to them. I don't think you could've written a better story than this team, this year," Bonamico said.
"I want them to think, remember the seniors and remember how we just came together and pushed through it. We beat Wayne that was 36-0," Morgan said.
"I graduated from this school. I live here and I want to continue its reputation as a contender state-wide. When you work as hard as these boys work and we're around each other and much as we're around each other, they do feel like your own kids. It's a big family down here and who doesn't want their family to succeed," Nicewarner said.