We are back from the state championship game in Orlando. Even though the team didn't pull off a win on the field, the team won in so many other ways that will last longer than any win on the scoreboard. This team won by becoming a close-knit group of young men who played for the guys next to them in the locker room.

These kids won by learning to give everything they had to give on the field. These kids won by learning what it means to win on the field. Over the last three seasons these kids have won 39 games which ties a school record for most wins in any three-year span. The only other time this was done was in the early 80s.

This team won because they were coached by some amazing men who taught them far more than just football. I’m around these coaches a great deal. I know them. I know their hearts. I know how much they love the kids they teach and coach. I know how much they put in to the game of football. I know how much time they give up with their family to pour into members of your family.

These kids saw examples of how to be men, of how to win and lose graciously, and how to play for something and someone other than self. This team won because these players will be greater human beings for what they have experienced as a Baker Gator. This team won because they saw a school and community come out in support week after week cheering them on.

These kids may not have won Thursday's game, but they won at something that will last a lifetime and longer. They won at something greater. They won at the game of life. Thank you Coach Brunson and ALL the other coaches. It’s great to be a Baker Gator.

Geoff Prows, Baker

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