Way back on October 4 – one month to the day to be exact – Somerset football players Will Hinton and Jacobi Gilmore were involved in a horrific automobile accident, involving the car they were in as it collided with a semi tractor trailer on Ky. 80 at the entrance of Meece Middle School.
The very next night, the Briar Jumpers – playing for their injured teammates who were both at the University of Kentucky Medical Center with several injuries sustained in the accident – went out and blew out arch-rival Danville on the Admirals home turf by a final score of 24-7.
That same night, while Somerset was taking care of Danville, Pulaski County upended Madison Southern in Berea 37-36 on a night when the Maroons wore a purple patch on the back of their helmets to honor Hinton and Gilmore.
In London that same night, Southwestern’s football team wore purple wrist bands to honor the two Somerset players in their game at North Laurel High School.
In short, the community – led by teenage football players – came together united as one, displaying the kind of sensitivity and sportsmanship that we wish we could see at every sporting event on every night.
Last week, Pulaski County and Southwestern’s football teams went an even step beyond wearing purple, as both schools still haven’t forgotten about Hinton and Gilmore, and what the Somerset football team is still dealing with one month later.
Last Thursday – one day before Pulaski County and Southwestern were to play against Warren Central and Christian County in the annual Don Marshall Bowl – head coaches Johnny Hines and Andy Stephens, along with several Maroon and Warrior football players, surprisingly showed up at the end of Somerset’s football practice with one more act of kindness in letting the folks at Somerset know they are still supporting the Briar Jumpers, as Somerset continues its path toward a Class 2A state title.