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home : sports : local sports May 25, 2016

2/19/2013 10:34:00 PM
Eagles receive state championship rings following historic season
Greenwood Head Football Coach Gene Cathcart accepts the maxpreps.com
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Greenwood Head Football Coach Gene Cathcart accepts the maxpreps.com "Tour of Champions" trophy from Sgt. 1st Class Eric McIntosh of the National Guard. The Eagles were ranked #77 in the nation by maxpreps.com.

Coach Ken Ray embraces Octavious Morgan after presenting Morgan with his state championship ring.
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Coach Ken Ray embraces Octavious Morgan after presenting Morgan with his state championship ring.

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

Just minutes after receiving his State Championship ring in a ceremony held at Greenwood High School Tuesday night, senior Tevin Sims began to reflect upon his four year career as an Eagle.

“How sweet it is,” Sims said with a laugh. “We have worked so hard over the past four years and been through so much. Sometimes we may have not liked what the coaches have said to us or been through some tough times, but now getting to experience this, it’s all worth it.”

The ceremony honored the 2012 Division II, 4A State Champions, who finished the season 15-0, defeating Northwestern in the state championship game 31-24. The gathering also served as recognition by maxpreps.com, which honored Greenwood High School in their eighth annual “Tour of Champions,” where they reward 50 schools throughout the country. Covering over 16,000 schools across the country, the Eagles finished the season ranked 77th, according to maxpreps.com.

Over the past four years the Eagles’ senior class won 50 games, boasting a 50-8 record, a program best that was previously held during the time span of 1946-1949. The 2012 season was the first undefeated season for Greenwood since 1955. According to senior Shrine Bowl linebacker Davon Durant, the ceremony Tuesday night served as a time of reflection for everyone involved.

“It’s a dream come true,” Durant said. “We got to state the past two years, and came up short. Finally winning, and getting these rings, it’s everything we have wanted over these past four years.”

This group of players was especially significant for Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart, who began his first year at Greenwood four years ago, the same time the players entered the Eagles’ program.

“They are a great group of kids,” Cathcart said. “We are certainly proud and excited for them. Any good that they get, they fully deserve.”

As the ceremony served as the ending point for the careers of a record-setting senior class, quarterback Evin Sims, the 2012 Division II, 4A Offensive Player of the Year, explained that finally receiving their state championship rings assisted he and his team in realizing hard work pays off.

“We all worked so hard this year,” Sims said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to get our rings. We are all very thankful for our coaches, booster club members and fans that have supported Greenwood High School football over the past four years.”

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