JACKSON, Minn. (BVM) — Athletics has always been revered within society. High school football in particular has a certain aura around it.
From music to TV shows and movies there have been many attempts to explain what it is about high school football that is so special. Some may think those are an over dramatization of the sport. All anyone has to do to realize this is not the case is listen to Jackson County Central High School graduates Rudy Voss and Brad Buhl Jr.
The Huskies had just lost a heartbreaking game in the 2019 Minnesota 3A State Semifinal to the eventual state champions, undefeated Pierz, 20-14. JCC fought hard going up 14-0 before Pierz scored 20 unanswered points to claim the championship berth.
“Even though we came up short I’ll never forget it,” were Buhl’s sentiments after the game. In a touching and emotional post-game press conference Buhl and Voss both shared their appreciation for the sport that had occupied their falls for the last four years.
🎥"Football has been a blessing in my life….wins and losses don't define my team." pic.twitter.com/uqeBjoXabQ
— AJ Feldman (@AJFeldmanTV) November 19, 2019
Trying to hold back tears, these young men were in a way mourning the end of a time in their lives while trying to explain what it had meant to them.
“The wins and losses don’t define me, don’t define my team,” Voss said trying to put his emotions into words. “It’s the bus rides, the practices, the team meals, I mean the games are just a short portion of that.” To these two, the 19 other seniors and the rest of the team – this was a family. One built through hard work, long practices, tough losses and hard-earned victories.
A family that will always hold a special place in these young men’s hearts. High school football to them has been so much more in such a beautiful way. They made lasting memories and grew up together. In the words of Voss, “Football has been a blessing in my life.”