LSH Rams Honored by Mayor for Class B Football Title
It happened the same day as the Brawl of the Wild, and was nearly nine hours from their home city of Missoula, but the Loyola Sacred Heart Rams football team became back-to-back champions in Class B last month, and on Wednesday, they were honored by the Mayor.
"I, John Engen, the Mayor of Missoula in the state of Montana, am here to proclaim that today, December 4th, today, 2013, as Loyola Sacred Heart High School Home of Champions Day."
"That was a cool deal. That was something we didn't expect. After winning it last year, we didn't get to have the mayor come down and proclaim a day for us, so that was a real neat deal for us to have that happen," says LSH head coach Dan Weber after being honored by the Mayor.
"It's pretty special. Now that we have a day named after us, we can look back on this in 20 or 30 years when we have sons, and tell them we were part of that back-to-back team," adds LSH senior receiver Pat Kosena.
Not only have they gone back-to-back, but what the team is quick to mention, is how close they are away from the grid-iron.
"It's a great experience with all these guys. I'm so blessed to have them around me, I couldn't ask for a greater group of guys to not only play sports with, but share these memories with," says senior QB Matt McHugh.
Today, not only did the team get honored by the Mayor, they also got to ride on a fire-truck, in rather chilly temperatures.
"It was pretty cold, it was like an icicle up there. I wouldn't trade it for anything though. We didn't get one last year, but this year it was overdue, and we got it. It was a blast, and I'll remember that for the rest of my life for sure," says Kosena.
While the senior class will remember their high school football days for years to come, coach Weber believes their legacy will help future teams.
"We're hoping the younger kids see what has been accomplished, and it motivates them to do the things in the weight-room in the off-season to have this continue," says Weber.