A 27-7 loss isn't the way any team would want to end a season. In time, though, that season becomes the memory. That is what Woodland Hills (PA) head coach George Novak will remember about this team.
"I'm going to miss this group," Novak said after his team lost in Saturday's WPIAL championship game. "We only had 14 seniors. We had some great athletes, and I'm going to miss them."
One of them is defensive back Trevon Mathis. You might not see Mathis carrying the ball too much, already with 2016 standout Miles Sanders running the ball, as well as fellow senior Harry Randall at quarterback.
There's a lot of positions Mathis can play on defense, and he showed that multiple times this season. In Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic, he finished with seven solo stops.
"From the 0-2 start, it's been a great ride with my team," Mathis said.
As he said, there was an 0-2 start. The Wolverines rallied to win ten straight, just to even get to Saturday's championship game. He even knows the exact moment when things began to change for his team, following a slow start.
"It was the Bethel Park game (Week Three)," Mathis said. "We just came into practice, and we went straight into film. In practice, there was no joking around. It showed up in the game."
The Wolverines would go on to win 10 in a row.
"Georgia Tech, I took my visit there two weeks ago," Mathis said. "It's going great with them. They want me there as an athlete. It was great. I liked everything about it; the academics, all of it. (special teams) Coach (David) Walkosky was my host. He was great.
I just picked up another offer from Temple. They want me to come down on an official next month. Toledo, I'm going to take an official next month. Pittsburgh, they're still in the mix, too."