It’s that time of year again, thank goodness.
The start of the high school football season in Lincoln County, with first games being held today, signals the start of the school year and, yes, the beginning of the fall season.
And this football season looks like it’s going to be a good one.
It’s impossible to downplay the significance of Lincolnton senior Darian Roseboro’s final year as one of the Wolves. The most heavily recruited and highly touted athlete from the county in recent memory, and possibly county history, is certainly hoping to lead Lincolnton to its first state title since 2007. Roseboro’s fans and many Lincolnton alumni are anxiously awaiting the upcoming announcement of his college decision.
While Roseboro’s career is just beginning, another Lincolnton hero’s is coming to a close.
The news that head football coach and athletic director Scott Cloninger is retiring at the season’s end was bittersweet. His leadership and his constant presence on the sidelines on Friday nights will certainly be missed, but the retirement decision of someone who bleeds black and gold was made undoubtedly with the best intentions.
Coaches have a larger responsibility than just leading young men on the football field. Many times, they’re one of the few positive male influences in their players’ lives.
When football season is over, when the playbook is forgotten, that is the impact that matters most.