It certainly wasn't a good day for Hamilton High School in general and for Adam Myers-White in particular, who left Nippert Stadium on crutches after the Big Blue lost a non-conference contest to Anderson High School in the Crosstown Showdown.
"Our team didn't come out to play," Myers-White said. "We were undisciplined and we made stupid mistakes. They scored 24 points in the first quarter and that was game right there."
Myers-White was one of the many marquee names involved in the scheduled five-game slate that was shortened to four games because of adverse weather conditions that plagued the event. But before the thunder and lightning rolled in to town, Nippert Stadium was drenched in sunshine and hot temperatures.
"Going both ways, it was 115 degrees on the turf, that was pretty tough," said Myers-White, who himself had two fumbles in the contest. "But that's no excuse."
An aggressive six-yard touchdown run by the state's top uncommitted prospect got Hamilton on the scoreboard in the second half. Hamilton trailed 30-0 at halftime.
"I'm always in on goal line situations like that and it was just my number that they called," said Myers-White who collided fiercely with an Anderson defender as he got to the goal line pylon. "If I could get in any closer than (the corner) then I would but that was the best spot to get into the end zone."
Unfortunately, the Big Blue lost the services of Myers-White for the remainder of the contest on that play.
"I delivered the blow (on contact) but it wasn't the hit that did anything," he said. "I guess it was from when I planted to get into the end zone, I really don't know, because I got up and I was fine. I struck him."
The versatile Myers-White, who returns kickoffs in addition to performing on both sides of the ball, obviously wasn't conceding victory to the orange-clad Redskins at the time of the injury as evidenced by the determination he displayed to reach paydirt.
"I always think that we're in the game until the last whistle blows or until we can't go any more," said Myers-White who was merely a spectator on crutches as the game neared it's conclusion. "But just because I twisted my ankle a little bit don't mean anything, I'm more disappointed that we lost than anything. I'm coming back, I didn't break anything or anything close to that. So we have to pick up the pieces and move on."
And while Myers-White remains uncommited to any university, the recruiting questions as well as the phone calls from reporters and even coaches, when they're allowed, will continue to come after both victories and defeats this season. He admitted that nothing much has changed and his relationship with Ohio State is as good as it's ever been.
"I have an excellent relationship with Ohio State," he said. "Believe me, Ohio State is always going to be there no matter what. Nobody should be getting nervous about anything. Ohio State is still solid and everything but I'm just trying to go visit a couple more schools and then I'll probably commit then."
Again, he stressed that it's not a negative toward Ohio State in any way by him wanting to have something to compare them to.
"I just want to check out other places and keep the situation fair to myself," said Myers-White who intends to be at Ohio Stadium for the opener against Cincinnati and as many of the other home games as possible. "I got my five visits right now, but the more I visit these schools I'll probably chop more off at the end. I just have no set dates for any of this stuff right now."
In the meantime, there's the team's future and his injury that are foremost on his mind.
"We just have to get better," he said. "It was one game out of conference so we just have to go for 9-1 right now, that's all we can do."