Although the final score wasn’t that close – Strawn 45’ed Gordon with 7:28 left in the game to win 75-30 – it was a hard-fought, fun game from start to finish.
The Greyhounds and Longhorns traded scores early before momentum shifted and Strawn took control. Harrison Nowak looked spectacular and there was the added intrigue of former Longhorn Coletyn King – playing his first game against Gordon – who rattled off 115 yards on 21 carries with two rushing touchdowns and another 84 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Both teams played hard, they played clean and they left it out on the field.
It was everything that you could want out of a rivalry game, or any football game for that matter. It wasn’t fueled by hate, it was fueled by young men playing a sport they love against other young men that just so happen to live down the road and just so happen to be in the state championship mix with them just about every year.
Then something very special happened that really opened my eyes to the depth of these two communities.
Gordon head coach Joe Kostiha’s son was recently diagnosed with Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type 1-A.
It’s a rare genetic disorder that involves severe errors in the metabolism in which tissue proteins and/or lipids are deficient or defective.
This can hinder a child’s growth and movement among other things. In most cases, children don’t live past a year after their diagnosis.
In most rivalries, you might not expect the other team to even acknowledge such a circumstance, but this wasn’t most rivalries.
This was Gordon and Strawn.
Strawn announced over the loudspeaker at Greyhound Stadium during the game that they were selling raffle tickets for various donated items and all of the money would go to support the Gordon coach and his family in their time of need.