Student Led Prayer Held By Edmonson and Clinton County Players Brings Bright Spot After Tough Week
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Bad news unfortunately tends to spread the fastest and it always seems to get the biggest response; however, a recent Facebook post from one of the WildcatsLive broadcasting crew has gotten some attention for different reasons.
Scott Lindsey, the play-by-play football announcer for the WildcatsLive team on the Edmonson Voice noticed from the press box at Wildcat Stadium that a prayer was being conducted by both Edmonson County and Clinton County football players immediately following the Wildcats Class 2A, District 3 Championship win Friday night.
Before the trophies were given and the celebration began, a group prayer was held and led by Clinton County's #82, senior Parker Tallent. Lindsey noted the prayer on his social media post that said:
"After a really hard week for our kids, the football team took the field Friday night with heavy hearts at the loss of one of their classmates. They went out that night and played their hearts out, and won the District Championship. At the end of the game as Granville Meredith and I were broadcasting and calling the Wildcat win, we look out on the field as the teams were shaking hands, and this is what we saw from the press box. People will brag about this District Championship for many years, and for the players and coaches, it will always be special to them, and it should be, but this picture is what I will always be most proud of when I remember this night! The win will be etched in EC Sports history for ever, but this scene will be etched in my heart and mind as long as I live!"
The post received several hundred 'likes' and all positive comments from the communities of both Edmonson and Clinton Counties.
"This is why my home will always be EC," said one user. Another commenter said "That is special and our little county is SPECIAL!" Another said "Can’t love this enough!" One more Facebook user posted "Give them much respect these kids are awesome. All people should take a lesson from this."
Post and pregame prayers are not that uncommon in high school sports, but they normally don't make headlines. And while activities prior-to and after games usually aren't news, positive reactions from large groups of people are always good to share, especially after a tough week for many Edmonson County residents.
It's just one example that shows there is sometimes more to a football district championship than simply a winner and runner-up.