J. Thomas McNamara
Except for this fall’s pandemic-ridden football season, Effingham and Mount Zion would be Apollo rivals where the Hearts and Braves would go toe-to-toe to win the league’s football championship.
But after Effingham’s Tristan Duncan’s serious vehicle accident Tuesday night, head coach Patrick Etherton and his Braves football team had one thing on their mind and it wasn’t winning a football game against their rivals to the south from Effingham County.
No, they had what’s really important praying for the recovery of one of the Effingham player, who was fighting for his life after the accident, but is making a remarkable recovery.
The picture Etherton posted on the school’s twitter account says it all about the Braves football team wishing their fellow football player a speedy recovery.
Other schools joined in their support for Tristan’s recovery which is heartwarming in this era of divisiveness. Prep sports have a way of uniting people in times of need which this certainly is and was in the Effingham football family.
Our prayers join the numerous others for Duncan to recover completely and be on the field next March when the two are scheduled to play again. His presence on the sidelines would be enough, regardless if he plays or not. He’s alive and that’s all that matters.