Keep Moving Forward (College Essay)

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Quite possibly the most significant time of my life was during my senior year as part of the Edison High School football team. The story of our 2006 season is a reflection of my life and testimony to my beliefs and values. Underdogs from day one, we represented not only our school, but also our community and families. Early expectations of the 2006 Eagles were low and the surrounding community was under the belief that Edison would be lucky to go 6-4 with the inexperienced players and the loss of such a talented senior class. Suddenly, I was starting as the outside linebacker/defensive end for the first time in my career along with 18 brand new starters. Unexpectedly, a green group of replacements were 5-0, half-way through our season. After suffering two straight losses, the Edison team regrouped and refocused to win three straight games en route to an 8-2 season and a playoff run for the history books. Our first round game would be against Yorktown who beat us in the regular season and whose offense was led by a University of Virginia-bound running back. This game proved to be no contest, as our defense shut down Yorktown and their running backs and won the game by a surprising 27-7. The second game of the playoffs was against dreaded Stone Bridge. Undefeated Stone Bridge was not only ranked as the best team in Virginia, but led the state in every statistical category. Due to strength of heart, focus and preparation, we won the game 31-17, holding Stone Bridge to their lowest point output of the season and shocking the Northern Region by becoming Region Champions for the first time since 1986. Unexpectedly, an inexperienced and small Edison football team had ended the expectations of the best team in Virginia and was poised to take the state by storm. After another decisive win in the state semi-final, the Eagles were in their first State Championship berth since 1986. Although we lost the state championship game, both teams played the best game of their...
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