SHS goal keeper Addison Watson was one of eight seniors playing their final soccer match in Clinton Saturday. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
CLINTON â€“ Saturday's 1-0 state championship was a little sweeter for eight Yellowjackets.
The soccer team featured eight seniors this year. JR Tomlinson, Marvin Hughes, Price Day, Addison Watson, Lewis Maynard, Austin Wileman, Justin Gandy and Kase Kingery played their last game in an SHS uniform.
A state title was something that was talked about early in the year and something they agreed they could do.
"It is the most incredible feeling I have ever felt aside from being with my family all the time and out here with athletics, being with my best friends that I have grown up playing soccer with is incredible," Day said. "It's the greatest feeling ever."
The seniors have used some motivation most of the playoffs.
Oxford beat the Yellowjackets earlier in the year, so before the second round match against the Chargers they were anxious to deliver some payback.
The last time the seniors played on Arrowhead field it was a loss.
Four years ago the seniors, as freshmen, suffered a loss to Clinton High School on the same field they were playing on for the state title.
"They have been working hard," Starkville head coach Brian Bennett said. "We came down here four years ago when they were freshmen and Clinton just spanked us on this same field. They talked about that coming up here and redeeming themselves on this field. And they did it."
For keeper Watson, this will not be his last game. He signed with Missouri State earlier this week to continue his soccer career.
He was glad to get this for the seniors who will not play soccer again competitively.
"It is a great feeling especially for all the guys that aren't going to have anymore soccer in their lives after this competitively," Watson said. "We said before the game 'leave your heart on the field.' If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for the guy to the left or right of you. Everybody out here did a good job of that. Nobody let up. It was down to the last whistle."
Day knows it means a lot to the other seven seniors.
"For our last year to come out here and win a state title, it means the world to everybody," Day said. "It's great."
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