When a sports program experiences consistent success for years on end, it can sometimes be easy to forget success isn't a given.
Coming into the 2013 season, the Greenwood High School football team was riding a stretch of three consecutive state championship game appearances and was coming off a year in which it went 15-0 and claimed a state title.
That meant expectations were high coming into this season, as they are every year for the Eagles program. But injuries ravaged a squad that had already lost an abundance of talent from that championship team, and Greenwood ended up with an 8-4 record and an uncharacteristic first-round exit from the Class AAAA, Division II playoffs.
On its face, 8-4 isn't a bad record at all. But not by Greenwood's standards.
"It was a season of ups and downs, like every team has," coach Gene Cathcart said. "The injuries to some key guys was both disapointing for those players and disappointing for our team, but the flip side of that is we got to play a lot of young players, many of which got better as the year went on.
"(Going 8-4) is not a goal, not an end goal every year, but there were some steps forward that will hopefully yield fruits on later days."
While Greenwood fans may be dismayed at the team's 8-4 record, to even compile that mark was the result of much hard work and perseverence.
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