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Honoring the 2019 Blue Raider football seniors in verse

Posted 12/4/19

Larry Etter, who has covered Middletown Blue Raiders football for more than 35 years for the Press & Journal, writes a poem for the senior players for each year’s banquet. This is what he …

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Honoring the 2019 Blue Raider football seniors in verse

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Larry Etter, who has covered Middletown Blue Raiders football for more than 35 years for the Press & Journal, writes a poem for the senior players for each year’s banquet. This is what he wrote this year for the banquet Nov. 24.

The strong, the brave, the very few,

Their names and faces we really knew.

The group was small and numbered just 10,

And we watched them grow from boys to men.

And with their growth the seniors found a way,

To step up their games when called to play.

Their leadership and guidance are what made this team great,

And the Blue Raiders started winning right out of the gate.

We honor them today and give them our thanks,

They all stood tall among the football ranks.

Jarrod was always ready when he got the call,

A receiver and d-back, Pugh had a great fall.

Ryan toiled in the shadows, a special teams ace,

Goff was an unsung hero in the league and district chase.

Evan’s work in the trenches led the defense to lofty heights,

Grogan’s sacks and tackles stood out on Friday nights.

Speed and great hands keyed Chris's all around game,

Big plays on offense and defense are where Joseph earned his fame.

Jose set school records that may last for many, many years,

With moves, strength and speed Lopez was the idol of his peers.

Quincy played wherever he was needed, his talents spread around,

Reinnagel's versatility and heart showed his limits had no bounds.

Arthur recovered from a serious injury and had a fantastic senior season,

The success of the defense grew and grew, and Dash was a major reason.

Collin accepted position changes to help the Middletown team,

At end on the defense or at center with the “O,” Heffner lived his Raider dream.

Some players bide time until their senior year, and Troy was one of those guys,

Walko stood out on both sides of the ball in front of his teammates’ eyes.

Damion, too, was terrific this year, his senior season was a blast,

Williams truly left his mark with the team and his memories will surely last.

There were no titles to celebrate this time but they were champions just the same,

And we are proud of the 10-2 record as they played the Middletown game.

They showed what hard work can accomplish and they also had some fun.

We wish them well as they now move on, true Blue Raiders each and every one.