All year, after scores and wins, Flint Hill Coach Kirk Peterson unsheathed his sermon: “We don’t celebrate.”
On Friday night, in its biggest game of the season — in which a loss to Maret would spell the end of the Huskies’ Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship title chances and a win would put them a week away from mathematically securing the title on their own — the rationale clicked.
The idea was to remain steady. The Huskies conceded two early touchdowns, then scored on each ensuing kickoff return. They missed a two-point conversion to tie it early — then took an 11-point halftime lead. With a minute left, as senior Julian Amankwah recovered a Maret fumble, a teammate ran up from the sideline and pointed to his ring finger. The recovery sealed a 47-37 win for the Huskies over the Frogs at Jackson-Reed High in Northwest Washington.
“I told him before the drive that I was going to get a strip sack and end this game,” Amankwah said.
And, finally, a win was plenty worth celebrating — with a Gatorade bath for Peterson at the close — though not just for what it meant in the standings. Over the past two weeks, Peterson’s daughter has been in the hospital battling bacterial meningitis. Associate coach Jose Ardon has assumed team management responsibilities.