And so ends the 2013 high school football season.
From that first whistle of the summer heat to the last snap in the fall chill, your newspaper chronicles the triumphs and heartbreaks of each season.
Our 45 area high schools all start with the same dream – win the state championship.
Over the course of the season, the number of active teams gets whittled down as football dreams come to an end. Some dreams end much earlier than others.
Our team of prep writers and columnists and editors and photographers is prolific in its coverage of each season’s journey.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was touting the great work in the Dream 16 preview section and asking your forgiveness for late Saturday morning papers.
But for the past three months, the sports team has previewed key games, named players of the week, written feature stories and made videos, online slideshows and photo galleries.
They covered games for online and print, and their cacophony of play-by-play tweets on Friday nights can be overwhelming.
This week’s coverage of Aquinas’ trip to the state finals was a microcosm of their work the entire season.
Wayne Staats and Chris Gay provided preview stories in the days leading up to the game.
A Spotted photographer captured the Aquinas fan base boarding the buses at 9 a.m. Friday for the trip to Atlanta. A slideshow of those fans is available on our Web site.
Wayne and Chris were joined by columnist Scott Michaux at the Georgia Dome. The three journalists provided updated action coverage via Twitter, which was displayed on our Web site during the game under a live scoreboard.
Multimedia visual journalists Todd Bennett and Sara Caldwell took action photographs through the game and its aftermath. They captured the players and fans reveling in the emotion and experience.
And when the whistle blew with Aquinas’ first state championship secured, people back in the office texted out the news, posted it on our Web site and Facebook. A game story with photos was available right after the game ended.
The Fighting Irish are the first Augusta school to win a Georgia High School Association title since Josey in 1995.
The city and its people should be proud of what they accomplished. It is part of what a community does – celebrate together.
So, enjoy the coverage on today’s sports front and go to augustachronicle.com and flip through the galleries of pictures showcasing their triumph.
With the close of the high school football season, the scheduled late press starts for Friday nights are over.
The Aquinas football team extended those deadlines to the end.