August 22, 2014, at Loris High School, the St. James Sharks fell to a 27-7 loss to the Lions on Friday night after a long and demanding game on the gridiron.
Senior Bradley Mewhorter said, “Focusing on the objective was difficult because the defense was on the field most of the game, and things didn’t always go our way.”
Head football coach Robbie Brown took blame for the game that night and ensured the team to be ready for a great practice the following week.
Adversity: a difficult situation or condition. Adversity is the word the football team heard many times that night from Coach Brown.
After the game, Coach Brown said, “I told you we would face adversity and now it’s time to overcome it.”
Senior Alan Crum said, “Adversity is overcoming great obstacles,” which is what the Sharks football team agreed to do the following week of the Loris game. “We just were not ready for Friday night’s game.”
You could feel it in presence of the football team that night after our first loss that we were disappointed in our performance as a team, and we expected more of ourselves.
As a St. James football player, I can tell you that Coach Brown is a man of his word. And the Sharks football team came ready that following week to turn adversity into motivation to be different then the past football teams.
As world famous engineer Lee Iacocca said, “In times of great stress and adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”