DILLON - As the Dillon Wildcats prepare to take the biggest stage in 2A football once again this weekend, the players expect to have the whole community by their sides.
"The great thing about playing for Dillon is the tradition, and you have your fans behind you and coaches, and it's just great playing for Dillon," explained senior linebacker Damu Ford. "This being my last year, we want to go out with a W."
But Ford has been enjoying these last few weeks of practice, since this will be the last days he gets to put on a Wildcat jersey.
"It hit me a couple weeks ago," he said. "I saw a couple of classes go through the same thing (ahead of me) and I'm thinking you have to enjoy every moment because it's going to come eventually."
Over the past four seasons, Ford has turned himself into one of the driving forces on the defensive side of the ball. While he never intended to be a linebacker, its his work ethic that turned him into one of the best on the field every Friday.
"In 20 years of coaching I haven't coached a kid like Damu Ford," said defensive coordinator Marty McIntyre. "He has worked harder, been more dedicated, unselfish, just committed to our program and committed to his teammates moreso than any kid."
"The thing about Damu Ford is he's a great kid with outstanding character and a great leader in the school and on the field," head coach Jackie Hayes agreed.
Being a part of eight shutout wins this year, he's looking for one more tomorrow. So while it is the last time he'll be able to take the field, he really is only focused on one thing.
"We strive for shutouts every game," said Ford. "Sometimes that doesn't happen, but that's ok. As long as we get the W that's really all that matters."