The football program was not the only area on campus that benefited from the extra excitement from playing for the title. As a whole, the student body and campus community came out to support the team on the field, but the players and coaches knew that the campus was affected as well.
“Winning always brings a lot of pride, but it also spilled into every aspect of the school,” Clements commented. “When you have a success like that, it breeds excellence all around and raises the bar for everyone.”
Football is not just about what you learn to do on the field. Like any other sport, it is about what it teaches you to succeed once you leave school and enter a career.
“There is a quote that I used to tell my players, which is ‘Winning is not a sometimes thing,’” said Walbrick. “If you are going to be a winner, you are going to win on the football field, in the classroom, with your family or in your career. I think if you look at that entire team, pretty much everyone has been successful in their careers.”
Clements added: “Being shown that when you do things right day in and day out very well translated into my career. You have teachers, parents and friends that always tell you that if you apply yourself, there is nothing you can’t accomplish, and we all walked away with living, breathing proof of that.”