The Pulaski County and Southwestern football teams donated money to the Hinton and Gilmore families to help with the medical costs and recovery associated with the injuries they each sustained and are still dealing with today.
That gesture last week certainly put things into their proper place -- winning football games is not always the most important thing when it comes to the biggest game of all – the game of life.
“I think the word that I would use is perspective,” stated Somerset head coach Robbie Lucas.
“This whole thing has put everything in its proper perspective,” Lucas added. “For me, whether it’s football, whether it’s my life, whether it’s my relationship with those kids, I think perspective is probably the proper word. I’m very humbled about the fact that the county would think enough about our kids and their families to do what they did. It’s a bitter rivalry with both PC and Southwestern, and it always will be and I don’t see that changing any time soon. But, there are certain things that happen in life where all three sides can put aside all the stuff that happens between the line.”
As for the coach of the Pulaski County Maroons – Johnny Hines – agreed with Lucas that nothing will change when it comes to PC’s rivalry against the Briar Jumpers.
Hines says his team will always want to get after Somerset on the gridiron and will want nothing more than to get a hard-earned victory over the Briar Jumpers, but in life – and what transpired a month ago to Will Hinton and Jacobi Gilmore and the horrible accident they each survived – even football takes a back seat to real life.
“On the field everybody’s intense and you want to beat those other local schools and it’s always going to be a big rivalry,” pointed out the Pulaski county head coach.