Championship win ends season
That's an odd saying - Championship win ends season. Unfortunately for the Westminster Owls high school football team, that's exactly what happen.
On the field, they were perfect as they defeated rival South Carroll, 39-6, to win the unofficial Carroll County championship. Off the field was another story.
The Owls coach learned they would have to forfeit a prior game.
Losing the appeal left no chance for the Owls to advance to next week's regional playoffs - ending their season after an amazing finish in the county championship.
What was honorable, was that the coach said his players did not want to know the outcome of the ruling, so he waited until after the game to tell them.
So in a matter of about five minutes, I saw nothing but joy as the game ended. Hugs, high-fives and pure happiness. To defeat a rival, one that was perfect against county opponents since 2009 I believe, in the county championship is speical.
But to watch as players and coaches broke down in tears minutes later after hearing the appeal result is heart-breaking. I cannot imagine the feeling of being punished and stripped of a playoff opportunity for a mistake that the team didn't intentionally commit.
My heart goes out to the team. If nothing else, they ended how I think any athlete would want to - with a win.