Exhaustion isn’t all that bad.
For Hickman’s football players, fans and parents, a mix of exhilaration and exhaustion kept them going after Friday’s win against Rockhurst.
“All the parents are just exhausted, emotionally exhausted,” said Rod Roper, co-president of Hickman’s Touchdown Club and father of senior Mike Roper. “It was such a tough game last night, a defensive struggle and coming back to win it at the end. All of the parents and all of the fans were just hugging each other and high-fiving. It was great.”
The Touchdown Club is the parents’ group for Hickman football. They organize dinners for the team on Thursdays and tailgates for parents.
“We all stayed around and congratulated the boys and enjoyed the victory for quite a while,” said Cheryl Tekotte, mother of injured senior Blake Tekotte and member of the club. “…By the time we got back, the boys were just so excited that they just sat in the parking lot and reminisced about the game and talked about how excited they were.”
Roper said that Thanksgiving might interfere with the team dinner this week, but the club still hopes to schedule some kind of team meal. Hickman Athletic Director Doug Mirts said he was proud of the team’s performance.
“This coaching staff has worked very hard to get this group of kids prepared,” Mirts said. “You feel like you have a rock on your back when you’re trying to get past that next level. They’ve now moved past that level and are now totally focused on winning that state championship.”