Senior football players honor coaches at banquet

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Senior football players present a banner of all of their quotes and seven pictures from this past season as a surprise to their coaches. Many of the players passed the microphone and got down on one knee to read what they had written to their shocked coaches. Photo by A. Esser

by Austyn Esser

Maverick family members packed the house, rather the commons and auditorium, for the annual football banquet on Nov. 21. As per tradition, each player and his family attended, and each brought a dish to contribute to feeding everyone before the actual presentations. Parents David Tilson and Scott Weston took charge of all of the smoking of the meat starting at 6 a.m. that morning.

To go above and beyond this year some changes were made by various people to the original agenda, keeping each player and coach in mind. Brian Huber, industrial arts, donated personalized keychains that were handed to each player as they were called on stage. Freshmen through seniors were called up with their classes to receive not only their keychain, but also their panoramic team picture, certificate, and letters to those who qualified.

As for donations, the coaches saved all of the footballs from practices throughout the year and courtesy of Huber had them laser engraved with each of their names, graduation year, and Maverick heads. Memorabilia of seasons gone by did not stop there as the seniors had a special way of saying thank you to their coaches. Business Professionals of America (BPA) created a requested banner with each senior’s quote of what playing football as a Maverick has meant to them as well as their coaches.

“I thought it was very interesting; it shocked me,” Coach Steve Rasmussen said. “I love it and thought it was very ingenious on someone’s part. I thought the guys did a great job writing from the heart.”

Due to the extensive length of each contribution from senior players, BPA had to take the initial idea of a poster and turn it into a banner, which will soon be laminated to hang up in the area of the coaches’ pleasing.

“I thought it was really memorable and something that everyone thought deeply about and poured their hearts out for,” Ryan Messing, 12, said.

Senior football players present a banner of all of their quotes and seven pictures from this past season as a surprise to their coaches. Many of the players passed the microphone and got down on one knee to read what they had written to their shocked coaches. Photo by A. Esser