Column: Blossoms showed some class

Published 9:38 pm Monday, November 8, 2010

Although the Blooming Prairie football team saw its season come to an end on Friday, it was a night that showed what is right about high school football.

The Awesome Blossoms battled Goodhue on every play in a hard hitting game that saw momentum sway back and forth throughout the night.

Just when it looked like BP had a chance to tie the game late in the contest, they turned the ball over and saw Goodhue go down the field to put their season away.

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While they had every right to be a little disappointed or frustrated after losing to the Wildcats 28-13, the Blossoms showed a lot of class.

As the teams shook hands walking off the field, it seemed that most of BP’s players and coaches gave encouraging words to Goodhue running back Jared Dicke, who ran for over 300 yards and three scores in the game.

I even saw a player or two congratulating Dicke while on their way to the bus.

It isn’t always this way in sports.

BP and Goodhue have faced off in the last four postseasons and sometimes that many matchups will make teams bitter against each other and lead to some taunting or late hits.

The game was intense, but there weren’t any obvious dirty plays and I think both sides have reached the point where the respect each other.

While tears were flowing on BP’s side of the field after the game, they showed the composure and sportsmanship by respecting Goodhue and moments like that make high school sports a great thing.