School Board commends football team

Published 8:45 am Monday, December 28, 2015

The Lunenburg County School Board adopted a resolution honoring Central High School’s football team.

Despite a rash of injuries, the Chargers finished their season with a 9-4 record.

Finishing “with an impressive record of nine wins and four losses in charging through their opponents … (was) a fitting finale to their remarkable 2015 campaign,” said the resolution, presented during the board’s monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.

“This board wishes to acknowledge the varsity football team’s performance and its appreciation of the manner in which the team has represented Lunenburg County.”

The resolution adds that it is “fitting and proper” that the board honor head coaches William Thomas and Wallace Owen, assistant coaches Stanley Christopher, David Hawks, Derek Burke and Michael Atkins, and the team “for their outstanding season and achievements in the James River District.”

Some of the coaches and the team’s captains attended the meeting.

“Most people agree that playing sports as a young adult is a great way to build character and form a bond with teammates,” School Superintendent Charles M. Berkley read from a statement.

“However in my personal experiences here in Lunenburg County, I have seen that not only can sports be a positive for the individual players but also for the community as a whole — particularly when your team is performing at its best bringing excitement and involvement to everyone.

“Central High School football has been doing this for 35 years now bringing folks together on Friday nights giving community members and alumni something to look forward to. There is nothing quite like the feeling shared between sports fans in that moment when your team has just scored those winning points for a victory.

“No matter how our beliefs or backgrounds differ, during the game, we are all equal fans, united for one common goal — to stand behind our team. Charger Pride.”