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There’s no way that we’re not going to win this game

There’s no way that we’re not going to win this game!

As I walked into G. Ray Bodley High School for the pep rally Friday afternoon, I became part of a mass of activity created by the excitement of the much awaited homecoming football game against Oswego. I entered the gymnasium, sat next to my daughter Kelly and became part of the students, teachers and administrators that were all there to recognize the fall sports teams, meet the players and their coaches and enjoy the music and the dance team. In addition to all of this there were volunteer teachers and Principal Buchanan who took a pie-in-the face for the team.

There’s no way that we’re not going to win this game!

Teachers, athletes and most everyone were wearing the newly created icon/logo that was developed by the special committee with a great deal of work by English teacher Rob Lescarbeau and Art teacher Ben Jerred, and that image was transferred onto the tee shirts by committee member John McGraw. You could feel the positive energy in the gymnasium and the complete silence when head football coach Mike Conners, who just arrived from Boston, entered the room.

Coach Conners related that his son Tim, who just received a bone marrow transplant, and his whole family were appreciative of the community’s support. Mike mentioned that while his wife Betsy was holding Tim’s hand, she asked him where would he like to be naming some exotic places. Tim’s response was Fulton. As the pep assembly ended, I encountered coach Jeff Rothrock. Shaking his hand I said, there’s no way that we’re not going to win this game!

As game time neared, because it was homecoming, students were coming home from college. Seniors and their parents were being recognized and honored and the bleachers were filling up with hundreds of supportive fans. The Booster Club along with Lions Club volunteers were manning the concession stand, trying to keep up with the enthusiastic spectators.

Oh yeah, about the game. The Fulton-Oswego game has been a rivalry for years and both teams played well. Fulton fell behind 14-0 but didn’t give up and won the game 42-28. There’s no way that we’re not going to win this game!

Bob Weston