Former TDHS players see sons win state title

Saturday, Dec. 12, proved to be a historic day for the Knights of Thomas Dale and all of the parents, family and friends who sat on cold bleachers, often in the rain, and cheered on the team.  The team’s regular season victories and the playoffs all culminated in this Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, as Thomas Dale met Lake Braddock to battle for the Central District State Championship.

In the stands were two faithful men, fathers of two of Thomas Dale’s star players.  Both men were also men Thomas Dale alumni and former Knight football players.  Allen Jackson and Doug Evans talked of the coming game and the time when they were on the team and went to the state championship, only to loose the game.

On the field, junior Demetrick Jackson, #12, and senior Drake Evans, #30, prepared for their last high school football game of the season, which proved to be a hard-fought, white-knuckled game.  Play after play, both teams fought for every inch of ground and every point.  Jackson scored for Thomas Dale, while the Braddock players kept Evans bottled up.  In the stands, Allen Jackson and Doug Evans screamed and cheered until they nearly lost their voices.

Then came the final play and the final score, and the Thomas Dale Knights had won their first ever state championship.  On the field and in the stands, it was chaos!

Allen Jackson and Doug Evans were ecstatic.  These two proud fathers and former football team members watched as their sons celebrated on the field and as Drake Evans did a “victory lap” in front of the stands holding the championship trophy high for all to see.

“That’s my boy!”  Doug Evans yelled.  “What a team!  What a game!  I am so proud of him - of all of them!  That’s my boy!  Man, I love him!  Even if they hadn’t won, I still love him.  But this ....” Overcome with emotion, Doug paused, his jaw tightly clinched.  Shaking his head, his voice barely a whisper, he continued, “but this, this is great!”

Comments

Elaine, what you read into this article was NEVER the intent!!

Elaine, the article was not written to praise the fathers of either of the football players mentioned. Instead, it was meant to focus on 2 former TDHS football players who were there to see their sons play football and the team accomplish what no other TD football team had done - go to State and Win. There was never any intent to ignore the tremendous sacrifices the mothers of these boys had made thru the years, but to focus on the high school football connection between these 2 men and their sons. Everyone knows 99 percent of getting the boys to practice and games is done by the MOTHER, especially in the early years. And Jackie (Drake's Mother) did a tremendous job with him; he couldn't have played the way he did without her support, love, encouragement, tears, and dedication. Sorry the focus of the article offended you, Elaine - what you read into it was NEVER the intent!!

Didn't mean to offend you, Elaine!

Elaine, the article was not written to praise the fathers of either of the football players mentioned. Instead, it was meant to focus on 2 former TD football players who were there to see their sons play football and the team accomplish what no other TD football team had done - go to State and Win. There was never any intent to ignore the tremendous sacrifices the mothers of these boys had made thru the years, but to focus on the high school football connection between these 2 men and their sons. Everyone knows 99 percent of getting the boys to practice and games is done by the MOTHER, especially in the early years. And Jackie (Drake's Mother) did a tremendous job with; he couldn't have played the way he did without her support, love, encouragement, tears, and dedication. Sorry the focus of the article offended you, Elaine - that was NEVER the intent!!

Doug Evans

OMG ! There is NO mention of Drake's DEDICATED MOTHER who has RAISED DRAKE EVANS ON HER OWN since the age of 2 ! Drakes Father shows up for 1 or 2 games and he gets all the credit ! What a joke -Drake's Mothers has taken Drake to all of his practices/Games and has never missed ONE GAME - EVER - and she "Jackie Girard" GETs NO MENTION WHAT SO EVER ! What a joke....
Get your facts together before making a man seem like such a great FATHER - to be a FATHER you have to be in the LIFE of the SON-This one would be considred a Donor..

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