Injuries? The Center Grove football team had no shortage of those.
At one position alone, nine different running backs played significant roles in a backfield that was banged up all season.
Perseverance? The Trojans had no shortage of that, either.
What else explains a fourth trip to the Class 5A semistate in the past five years?
But that wasn’t all.
Along the way, the sixth-ranked Trojans (12-2) won conference, sectional and regional championships and rode a 10-game winning streak into Friday’s semistate showdown against No. 1 Lawrence Central (14-0).
Although the ride ended at the semistate, Trojans coach Eric Moore found it difficult — it not impossible — to find fault with a team that accomplished so much, despite all of obstacles.
“We won 10 games in a row against a lot of good football teams, and this is a good
football team,” Moore said as
sobbing players embraced and pondered “what if?” after a 28-15 loss against the state finals-bound Bears.