Constantine’s football season reached its final act last Saturday in a 47-28 loss to No. 4 Clinton in the Division 6 regional finals. The Falcons finished with a 7-5 record and a district championship.
Injuries began to pile up for head coach Shawn Griffith’s squad late in the season, but Constantine went down swinging. We were able to catch up with several outgoing seniors that offered a few comments on the year that was.
Andres Montoya (fullback/cornerback)
Well I’m proud of how the team come together towards the end of the season and proved that we belonged in the playoffs. My favorite memory this season would be winning the district championship.
Luhk Mullendore (tight end/linebacker)
“All I can say is that it was a ride. I highly recommend that students play football at Constantine. It’s more than just a team; it’s a family. We become so close every year. It’s just a great experience, it teaches you more than just football. It teaches you a good work ethic.
“It’s really hard knowing that I won’t play with my brothers again. But I did my time and the seniors left our own legacy. We carried the torch. We had big footsteps to follow. We did what we could and just fell short. But I will never forget the feeling of being a Constantine football player. The feeling is indescribable. The community is such a big support. It’s just awesome.”
Zack Hughes (offensive guard/linebacker)
“I thought we had a good season, although we thought we weren’t going to make the playoffs our last regular season game, which really hit the team hard. We somehow got in and got another three weeks, and I’m proud of everyone for playing hard and giving us seniors a few more times to pad up as a Constantine football player. It’s been a memorable year for sure.
“It was like a bad dream (leaving the field for the last time) — something I never thought would come so fast. Time really flies and taking the jersey off was a terrible, terrible feeling, especially earlier than we wanted it to be.”
Sawyer Brown (halfback/cornerback)
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Bruce Heslet (offensive/defensive line)
“It was awesome. We weren’t supposed to go where we went; we beat all the things people were saying about us.”
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