While thunderstorms delayed or cancelled some games in Indiana last week, the weather couldn't keep all of the Friday Night Lights spirit down. Our boys travelled to rival Northwood and played through the rain to come back from a halftime deficit for a 20-14 victory.
Coach Kyle Park has led our team to a 4-0 start this season, and was named the Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Week. Week 5 Associated Press high school football poll ranked Goshen 13 in Class 5A.
But, let’s hit the pause button.
We entered the season with a 23-game losing streak, before opening the season with a win over Fairfield. The victory we are experiencing this season has been made possible by our past struggles.
These struggles take nothing away from the hard work and dedication displayed by our past and present players and coaching staff. As a member of the press box staff and official timer for the last 10 years, I have witnessed firsthand the ups and downs. I applaud our fans that stuck with the football program through thick and thin.
Our school administration, along with help from past football program legends, made a commitment over a year ago to bring back the Goshen pride to our football program. They successfully recruited one of the program's most successful alumni - Kyle Park, son of past great coach Brad Park.
2014 was a tough year for our new coach and his young players; but, as a regular observer you could tell changes were happening. Listening to post-game interviews with Coach Park, you could hear the determination in his voice that his team would succeed. Despite all the improvements made last year, that first victory was illusive.
Sure, having a winning season is great; but, the true victory is the confidence you see in the athletes, the pride you see in the coaching staff's eyes and the excitement of the spectators in the stands.
Goshen football is making a comeback. Will there be rough patches in the future? Sure. But with the pieces put in place by Coach Park and his staff, our football program will have a bright future.