2018-11-08 / Sports

FPD sails to comeback win as lack of effort beats W-W


DeondrĂ© Lester prevented this interception by pulling the ball away from the defender. Photos by SPARKY NEWSOME DeondrĂ© Lester prevented this interception by pulling the ball away from the defender. Photos by SPARKY NEWSOME It was the same old tired story. The W-W Tigers started strong, looked like they would be easily dominant. Then they let up a little and something didn’t go their way, wasn’t given to them. All of a sudden they were behind by a point. For too many of them, the answer was not to dig in and get it back, but to give up and quit trying. Twenty-eight points later, the game belonged to First Presbyterian Day and there was no hope of the Tigers seeing the post-season.

If you want to taste success, you have to do the work. Expecting it to be given to you is not realistic.

On the other hand, many, or most, of the rest of the Tigers got to see some unexpected, and appreciated, playing time while some of their more experienced teammates commiserated on the sidelines.

The Tigers scored first and last for a total of 12 points. FPD racked up 28 points in the middle leaving W-W in defeat.


Dacota McCallum prepares to knock that Viking out of the way. Dacota McCallum prepares to knock that Viking out of the way. “To be blunt and honest, we had some players who quit,” Tiger Head Coach Chad Alligood lamented. “I think they were so ready for it to be over with that they gave less than their best effort and that’s unacceptable.”

Unable to understand such a mindset, he continued, “You get so few chances to play this game. You’re guaranteed only 40 games in a high school career, so why would you waste one and why would you wish it away. That was probably the most disheartening thing to me. We still had a chance to get in the playoffs but we did not give our best effort.”

The result, however, was that W-W ended up playing a lot of young guys. “A lot of guys saw some playing time in the second half that they probably didn’t think they were going to get. But I was not going to watch guys not give their best effort.


Ky Jackson finds his way through a hole in the line as Chris Wilson adds blocking support. Ky Jackson finds his way through a hole in the line as Chris Wilson adds blocking support. “It is very disrespectful to the game of football and to the Washington Wilkes tradition to go out there and not play your best. I’m not going to watch it.”

The coach did report that there are Tigers who did play hard all year long and played hard against FPD as well. He expressed his pride in them, saying they showed leadership and even challenged some of those who slacked off last Friday.

Trying to analyze the situation, Alligood observed that “Today’s society expects such instant gratification. Everybody wants it now. But it takes time.

“I think the community didn’t like some of the expectatons I set and I’ve had some tell me that I cost us wins because we had some players that we had to remove.”


Ethan Fain tackles First Presbyterian behind the line. Ethan Fain tackles First Presbyterian behind the line. Instead he said his expectations are never going to change for a win. “Football is going to come and go but we’re trying to teach them how to be men,” he said. “That’s what we need to do, and football will take care of itself.”

Now that the season is over, the coach said he and his staff will take a few days off and then get back at it again “because it’s going to come back around in a hurry.”


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