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Senior Night 10/28/21

Senior Night

By Kevin Taylor 

Alma Schools 


Senior Night has many different meanings for athletes who, since the seventh grade, were part of a fraternity. 


And it’s not just about the star athletes, either. Mostly, it’s about everyone who puts on a pair of shoulder pads. 


The Airedales (3-5, 2-3) celebrate Senior Night against Greenbrier on Friday at Citizens Bank Field at Airedale Stadium. 


“Senior Night is about honoring and recognizing (student-athletes),” Alma coach Rusty Bush said. “It’s not about achievements; it’s not about catches or throws, or carries, or tackles, it’s about recognizing kids who have spent six years in the Alma Airedales football program. Being able to point out that these guys have been to team camps, summer practices, early practices … all of it.


“You have some that have played a lot and some that haven’t - to bring that together at the end of the season is a special time.”


Friday, the Airedales will honor everyone from Conner Stacy, whose breakout season has him on the cusp of 1,000 receiving yards, to Hunter Prescott, a reserve tight end and defensive back. 


Prescott has appeared in one game this season; last week’s loss to Vilonia that saw him record the first two tackles of his high school career. 


This week, No. 45 will be among those honored for his service. 


“A lot of emotion,” Prescott said. “It’s been a good thing. It teaches a lot of character.”


“It’s really an exciting moment, but I look forward to every Friday,” senior reserve Jaden Goodnoh said. “Everybody is really high; you can feel the energy around you.”


Goodnoh has appeared in four games this season with six tackles, including a pair of solo stops. 


“To me, it means working hard with the boys,” Goodnoh said. “Even though I don’t play much, I still come out here and help improve them (teammates) for the week. I do play a little bit on the kickoff here and there.


“I’ve played Alma football my whole life. To me, it’s special.”


“I think it’s a huge statement to those kids who don’t get a lot of playing time,” Bush said. “I think it’s a huge statement for our program. Kids, playing or not, they want to be a part of this. It’s a special time in their lives — high school football, it doesn’t get any better than that.”


Logan Johnson, the player his former seventh-grade coach, Joseph Potts, nicknamed “Chief” long ago for his bright red rosy cheeks, is wrapping up his senior season. Like Prescott, Goodnoh, and fellow senior Nathan Asplund, among others, Friday will close the chapter on home football games. 


“We’re all part of the big plan,” Johnson said. “We’re part of the brotherhood. It’s going to be a tough one, being the last (home) game.


“It’s been a good thing,” added Prescott. “It’s a team effort.”