SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The bagpipes are back in Sullivan.
“I’m ready. I’m glad that I get to be out here with my brothers for one last ride,” says senior Karver Queen.
Senior Gabe Pirtle says,”I feel like we have a good team atmosphere. We’ve really come together these last couple weeks and I think we have a lot of young guys who are going to step up and get the job done.”
After a long spring and summer, the Golden Arrows are making the most of their fall sports opportunity.
“I mean we are just excited to be out here playing football and make the best of it because a lot of the country doesn’t get this opportunity and I’m just hoping to get our senior season, ” says senior Grant Bell.
Senior Tristan Drake says,”I’m glad that we have the opportunity to have our season. It’s a blessing. We are going to take the best at it. Go hard at everything we are doing and have fun with it.”
With plenty of new guidelines in place, 4th year head coach Blaine Powell says practice is the easy part.
“It’s more difficult before and after practice. Making sure you are doing what you are supposed to do then once you finally get out here, the kids are picking up social distancing and everything. They are policing themselves and it’s getting better every day. It’s kinda the new norm. It is what it is and we are going to do what we have to do.”
For the players, they understand that playing sports is a privilege, even when the protocols are anything but normal.
Queen says,”Not being able to be in the locker room with each other. Team bonding which helps build the team chemistry. That’s kinda taken away from us, but you know if we get our football season it’s worth it.”
The football bond is hard to break. Even during a pandemic.
Junior Lane Sluder says,”I’m really happy about it. It’s spectacular that we can just come back out here and play with our family. That’s our team motto this year is family. Forget about me. I love you. I feel like we’ve done a great job so far about that and I’m just pumped.”
Powell says,”The kids need it. They really do. They have missed it. Missed just being around their friends and being able to be together like this. It’s a big deal to them and we are just going to keep coming out every day and doing what we are supposed to do. I think we can do it.”