Senior Night is always a night that players anticipate to reminisce about past successes and look back on how far they have come.
Over the course of the past four years, high school football has greatly impacted the lives of this year’s senior class.
“The last four years of playing football for Greenwood are some of the best memories I have ever had. I have made some of the greatest friends and memories a guy could ask for, and I have learned many lessons through football,” senior Sam Rapp, linebacker, said.
Not only has playing high school football made these seniors better people, but it has also taught them how to have an exceptional work ethic and strive for greatness in everything they do.
“The last four years of football have shaped me to become a better man than I was at the beginning of my high school career. It taught me that you can not get very far without hard work and sacrifice. It also brought me to Greenwood Community High School. I probably would not be here if not for football,” senior Gabe Long, linebacker/defensive end, said.
Throughout their high school careers, these seniors have made memories.
“My favorite memory from my high school career has to be my junior year when we played Martinsville. We had a very slim chance of winning, but instead, we all rallied together and swept them off the field,” senior Cameron Ford, offensive lineman, said.
The recent pandemic and the uncertainty of having a season also led to making Senior Night one to remember for these players forever.
“Beating Bloomington North is one of my favorite high school memories for many reasons. One of them was everything we have gone through with the Coronavirus. Not knowing if we were going to have a season was tough, but we all just stuck together and hoped for the best,” Rapp said.
One thing that every football player can take away from their high school careers is the toughness and grittiness they obtained throughout their high school years. They have more knowledge and wisdom in understanding how to be successful in what they do.
“I would tell a younger version of myself to have patience in everything you do because I never started at any level growing up until I got to high school. When I was younger, it was demoralizing to never play. However, I trusted the process and kept working hard, and that has gotten me to where I am today,” Ford said.
In the end, the Class of 2021 will never forget their Senior Night for a multitude of reasons.
“There were many great parts of senior night, but the win itself was the highlight of the night. We came back from a deficit in the second half and ended up getting a great team win. This year’s senior night will definitely be one for the history books,” Rapp said.
The highlight of the night for these Woodmen seniors was their come from behind win.
“The game itself was a lot of fun. It was really cool to see our team come together and fight back to win the game against a very good Bloomington North team,” junior Noah Apgar, running back, said.
Winning the Indy Star Player of the Week Award is an honor as it is only given to one player in the entire state.
“Winning the award was an honor, but I could not have done it without my teammates. I have the best guys around me that put me in a great position to be successful every game, so this award is just as much mine as theirs,” Apgar said.