PCHS beat Madison Southern in a tight 37-36 contest Friday night, and Hines acknowledged the extra inspiration might have helped his players.
“It’s just a way of realizing how fortunate you are,” he said. “Sometimes we can take things for granted.”
Southwestern coach Andy Stephens did not immediately return a phone call Saturday to comment on his own team’s statement.
Robbie Lucas, Somerset’s own football coach, wasn’t sure how many of his players knew of the tribute by their rivals, but he heard about it at about 11 p.m. Friday night after his own team’s emotional win over longtime nemesis Danville, 24-7.
“I was very grateful,” said Lucas. “I know there tends to be a lot of bad blood in sports, but it just proves there are quality people on both sides.”
Lucas said that Hines had texted him on a couple of occasions and told him to “keep (his) head up.”
As far as how Hinton and Gilmore are doing, Lucas said that the staff at the hospital was “going to try to get (Gilmore) up and walking,” and that Hinton’s surgery has been put off until Monday.
While the win over Danville “returned some normalcy” to his team’s collective life, Lucas knows how much this incident puts everything in perspective.
“What happened Thursday afternoon kind of supersedes what happened (on the field),” said Lucas. “... I don’t think it’s a complete win because we had to take the field without those two young men.”