State football: Trotwood-Madison players looking to add to Rams’ legacy
Smith said his neighborhood is still rebuilding. The effort by players on the field is inspiring, he said.
“They have taken our focus off it for just a little bit, and we can cheer that they bring another state championship to Trotwood. That’s huge,” Smith said.
Trotwood-Madison Acting Superintendent Marlon Howard said he doesn’t believe the tragedy has propelled the student-athletes to success, but instead the adversity has shown the character of the team and the school.
“They are our kids, they are our champions,” Howard said. “They believe in this community, and it’s not just the football team. The choir, the band, ROTC, all the kids came together and helped and volunteered after the tragedy. Everyone got a real chance to see what this community means to our students.”
He said the school won’t be hosting a community pep-rally before the game, electing to instead conduct a spirit walk for the team inside the school before they board the buses and head to Canton.
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“There is a lot of community support,” Howard said. “We are selling tickets at the high school, and we expect a nice crowd. The kids have a good following.”
Darrell Crenshaw is a resident of Trotwood and a professional barber at Headliners Barbershop in the city. He said the football team is constantly discussed at the shop, and the city is proud of their success.
“There is excitement. There’s been a lot of sadness with people losing homes, but the team has brought a lot of community pride,” he said.
BY THE NUMBERS:
8: Number of state championship football appearances in Trotwood school history
7: number of state championship football appearances since 2010
2: State championships won by Trotwood
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