Photos by Allison Mueller . Above, Josh Forst, senior quarterback, readies for a play.
by ALLISON M. MUELLER
The thought of attending a Friday night game under dazzling stadium lights is enough to get any football fan riled up.
But a bittersweet feeling greeted fans at Warrior Stadium’s gates Friday, October 10, as Cotter High School lost its final home game of the season on Senior Night.
The Ramblers honored nine seniors on the varsity football team, two of which have season-ending injuries.
Senior George Weege tore his ACL in game three against Lewiston-Altura and after three weeks of rehabilitation he was cleared to play on Senior Night. He will undergo surgery in the week following the game. Weege said that he was fortunate to be able to play in the final home game of his high school career.
“I’ve been playing football for so long that it’s part of my routine. It’s so surreal that it’s not going to be part of my routine anymore,” Weege said. “It’s difficult and tough to swallow. At the same time I wouldn’t have rather spent it with a different group of guys.”
Weege hopes to play football at Winona State University next year and compete at Warrior Stadium once again.
Cotter fell to Kenyon-Wanamingo Friday 56-13, moving their record to 1-6 with one game left in the season.
The Ramblers were able to get on the board in the second quarter when senior Andrew Fratzke scored a touchdown with three seconds remaining, bringing the score 6-30 at the start of the third quarter.
The Knights were able to rack up 19 points before Weege scored a touchdown with 10:30 left in the third quarter. The extra point that followed brought the game 13-49 and was the last point the Ramblers managed to score.
First-year Cotter head coach Jamie Herrick said the Ramblers need to continue working hard and believing in order to secure a win in the last game of the season.
“We have to believe in ourselves and believe in each other,” Herrick said. “We need to keep working and getting better, improving in our systems defensively and offensively. There’s nothing heavy to change; we just need to keep working.”
Cotter’s final game of the season is away against Zumbrota-Mazeppa Wednesday, October 15, at 7 p.m.