Wrapping up the Spartans’ Season
By DYLAN SIEGEL, Staff Writer
December 3, 2020
Last Friday night, Mountain Brook’s football season ended at Pinson Valley, losing 27-10.
The talent of Pinson Valley proved to be too much for Mountain Brook to handle. While Pinson Valley will face Spanish Fort in the 6A state championship this upcoming Friday, the Spartans reflect on all they accomplished this past season.
“The thing I’m most proud of and that stands out about this group, dedication, and loyalty to one another,” Head Coach Chris Yeager said.
Finishing with a 10-2 overall record, the Spartans participated in their first state semi-finals, 6A or 7A, since 2010.
“The thing that did was, it created an energy -- a synergy that everyday at practice was enjoyable . . . that was a distinction of this group,” Yeager adds.
Coach Yeager now has to say goodbye to 36 seniors.
“I'd say, what a great privilege it is to coach that group; and then, you have them all, such great, quality people as a mass, one group. It's such a special group. . . Saturday morning was tough for me,” Yeager said.
Watching this senior class day after day created a lot of joy for Coach Yeager. He believes the 201 senior class’s joy of playing the games separated it from past senior classes.
“It reminded me a little of kids playing in the backyard because of that energy, and they're just enjoying playing with one another,” Yeager adds.
The seniors are left with a series of emotions after the end of their careers as Spartans.
“Knowing I would never practice or play with all my teammates was devastating. But, I was also so proud of our season and how we handled everything to get to where we got,” senior defensive back Blake Pugh said.
Players took to social media after the game to post a final farewell. As the seniors move on, they’ll begin their next level of education. As of right now, no seniors have plans of playing football at a collegiate level.
Next season, this year’s junior class will have to be the leaders on the team , and many starting positions will need to be filled.
“The 2021 class was one of the best classes to ever come through Mountain Brook, but I think our class can be just as good or better if we work hard enough,” junior wide receiver Jake Thompson said.