Jason Frakes over at the Courier-Journal is the best there is at the high school sports scene in Kentucky, and his new piece about a game this coming Friday night in Louisville is a must-read.
Frakes tells the story of Jackson County’s upcoming trip to Shawnee High School in Louisville, a 144-mile drive each way, from the mountains to the city and back, and why it’s bigger than one out-of-conference high school football game.
Until this game was arranged, Shawnee had been struggling to find an opponent after Carroll County backed out of the scheduled game at Shawnee due to concerns over the ongoing protests in Louisville; before that, Shawnee hosted Trimble County, but had to beg them to come.
Once Jackson County (McKee, Ky.) coach John Hallock heard of Shawnee’s problems to find an opponent, he saw an opportunity to fill the open spot… and to teach two teams from completely different backgrounds that they’re not so different after all.
“There’s not much difference in their kids who struggle and our kids who struggle,” Hallock told the Courier-Journal.
To keep reading more about how two high schools from different communities are showing a sign of solidarity, head on over to read Frakes’ story. It’s worth your time.