“This was a year where a play or two could have literally changed the whole outcome,” expressed head Cedarville football coach, Max Washausen when giving his thoughts on the year. “We lost 34-36 at Charleston and 26-28 at Greenland. Six points gave us a conference championship and a home playoff game. We overcame a lot of adversity, things I really haven’t talked about. Things like losing three starting Lineman throughout the season due to injuries and another two that moved out of the district. At Melbourne for our final game, we had a freshman and two sophomores on the line.”
The Cedarville Sr High Pirates lived this past football season as a true to life Cinderella story. They finished with a 7-4 total season record (the best record since 2008), 4-3 in conference play, consistently improved their record during four consecutive seasons “(I’ve done the research and only 3 or 4 schools out of 200 can say that)” stated Washausen. And for the first time since 2015, made it to the first round of State. On Friday, November 20, the Pirates season came to an end when they fell in Round 1 of the State Playoffs to Melbourne 38-8. Leading tacklers in the Melbourne game was Darryl Kattich with 9, Hayden Partain with 9, Hayden Morton with 7, and Tommy Metcalf with 6.
The 2020 end of season stats have Darryl Kattich with 216 carries for 2,007 yards and 27 TDs, Hayden Partain with 122 carries for 668 yards and 8 TDs, Hayden Morton with 40 carries for 442 yards and 8TDs, Cody Dickens with 50/105 passes for 946 yards, 7 TDs, and 7 INT, and Bruce Turney with 18 receptions for 441 yards and 4 TDs. These starters will also be returning next year. “I didn’t want this season to end but the shining light is that we have numerous starters returning on both sides of the ball.” The 2020 Pirates will be saying goodbye to seniors, Kelin Mitchell, Tommy Metcalf, Caleb Franklin, William Henson, Max McGill, Elijah Cox, Taylor Humble, and Landon Hopewell. “I’m proud of all the seniors for their contributions to our program. They will all be greatly missed!”
“This season I have had an overwhelming amount of support not only from players I have coached, but also from the coaches I have coached with, and the coaches I have competed against over my 13-year coaching career. Taking that along with the support from my wife Charis and my brothers is an incredible feeling. I can’t say enough about my assistant coaches Matt Chandler and Jarrod Remer either. They have been absolutely amazing. We love our players. Everything we do out there, we do to see them succeed on and off the field!”
Photos courtesy of Starla Armstrong-Heaton