Heartbreak for the Searcy Lions

Senior Ethan Whitworth against PineBluff

Searcy, Ark., (LP) — Searcy Lion Football has been all the buzz the past few months, the “Boys of Fall” have reached goals that have not been achieved in 6A standards for Searcy since 1984. Which not only calls for celebration of the past few months, but also going on to Semi Finals for State. The Class of 2018 is raging, shouting “GO LIONS!” every moment they can.

Semi Finals approached over break at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the stadium was packed with alums, parents, and students. Every Lion had their mind on one thing, either making this the best last game they have ever played, or going to the 6A State Championship. Not even two minutes in, Mason Schucker makes a pass to Elijah Nevels who gets a touchdown! But it seems like after that, Searcy lost their touch. The game ended 14-34, Pine Bluff winning and going to the Championship. It was a tough loss not only for the players on the team but for the ones who have been on the boys’ side since their first win against ValleyView. It is safe to say, that the 2017 football team has left a huge shoe to fill for next seasons players. Speaking of, we got a chance to talk to two of the players to see what their insight of the game was.

Hard loss for all of the players

Senior Trenton Turner talked with much sadness about his last game as a lion, “After six years with the boys I have played with since PeeWee Football, I would do anything to get a chance to play with them again.” Trenton has been playing for years with the boys he could now call brothers, he would do anything for any of them. I also got a chance to talk to Elijah about his touchdowns during the game, “I’m glad I got a chance to get a few points for our last game, even though I was really hoping it would not be our last.” Elijah is new to Searcy this year, and has sure made his mark on the offensive side of the ball.

So many people doubted what the Lions could do this season, since last years seniors left the field, and with that the seniors this year ended their season with a 10-3 record. The Lions have reached higher then all expectations, making it a little harder for next years team to show out. Wishing the best of luck to the Seniors that are continuing their football careers, and Lion Football next year!

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