Inside the Locker Room: Rise Up

If you’ve played any sport, it’s safe to assume you’ve suffered a loss or two. Some of those losses might have even been blowouts. It’s difficult not to give up and become defeated.

But one football team in Enid, Oklahoma proved just how far you can go if you rise up instead of give up.

With 10:20 left in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Enid trailed the Putnam City West Patriots 42-7. Game over, right?

Hardly.

In the fourth quarter alone, Enid would snap the ball 31 times. Thirty-one.

Enid attempted four onside kicks but failed to recover any of them, but they did force three Putnam City West fumbles and were able to convert all three.

With 1:51 left on the clock, the Enid Plainsmen had tied the score at 42.

The Patriots attempted a game-winning field goal as time was expiring, but it was no good.

During the first overtime, both teams would attempt field goals, but neither would score. But during the second overtime, Enid was the first to score and would keep the Patriots from earning a single yard in double overtime.

Enid won the game 49-42 in double overtime.

Had the Plainsmen looked at that scoreboard and seen what most of us see, they would have thought the game was over. They would have thought;

“There’s no way.”

“There’s only 10 minutes left in the game.”

“We are tired.”

“We lost.”

But they didn’t. They saw a challenge and literally tackled it.

When we are down, it’s so easy to allow those thoughts of defeat to creep into our minds. In this particular game, Enid was the victor. That’s not always going to be the case. Even after pouring everything into a game, the scoreboard might reflect a loss. But as Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Renee Marler | Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com

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