The Senior football players finish their last game at Darby with a win
The Hilliard Darby Class of 2018 football players finished their final game at Darby with a big win over the Delaware Hayes Pacers. The festivities began in The Grove where the
marching band celebrated their senior marchers. In the stadium the school recognized the seniors on the golf team, football cheer team, and the football team.
Taj Long, one of the 25 football seniors, was a little sad to have played his last game at Darby’s stadium but enjoyed the night and the time he’d spent in the program.
“My favorite part of being a part of the program has been playing under the lights every Friday and hearing the student section cheer for us,” Long said.
Other than the Senior Night celebrations, this past Friday was no different from any other, as the student section cheered the team to a shutout victory over the Pacers. The Panthers had a slow start with a 0-0 ending to the first quarter, but things picked up at the start of the second quarter when Junior running back Grant Hollingar rushed to earn Darby’s first six points of the game.
The Panthers’ momentum continued for the rest of the half, ending the second quarter with a 21-0 lead over Delaware.
At half time, the seniors of the Darby Marching Band and Color Guard had their final intermission performance in the Darby Stadium, but not before recognizing the seniors in the Color Guard. The band put on an extended version of their show after the game to the delight of the remaining crowd.
In the second half, the Panthers did not let up, scoring two more touchdown late in third quarter. The Class of 2018 senior football players ended their home game careers with a 35-0 shutout over the Pacers, after a scoreless fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Jack Stultz finished the night with an impressive 125 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Senior running back and defensive back Ian Coverstone had a memorable night with his second interception of the season, which was early in the first quarter, as well as getting to celebrate his senior year with his teammates.
“I have made a countless amount of memories with all the people I have been able to meet through football and call friends,” Coverstone said.
Coverstone has not yet decided if he will continue to play football in the future but hopes to one day coach a football team of his own.
The 2017 football senior night was a success, celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of the seniors from five different teams, as well as adding yet another tally to the win column for the football team, bringing their season record to 6-3.
The Panthers have their final regular season game this Friday, October 27th at Dublin Scioto High School.