Reflections on my 500th high school football game.

It was September 2, 1983 when I broadcast my first high school football game. I had taken over for Roger Fisher who left about a week before for another job and they needed someone for a couple of weeks till they found someone to do it on a full-time basis. Thankfully they never found that person and I have been very fortunate to work with and meet some great people over the years. Starting with Greg Swepston and continuing with Dave Gorenflo, Jim Oyster, Joe Hylton and now John Kuzio I have worked with some of the best color commentators anyone could ask for. Not to slight anyone but Jerry Widder, Tim Hinton, Chris Kubbs, Larry Holman, Doug Green and Frank O'Grady have not only been great coaches but great mentors. I have so many great memories of so many coaches and athletic directors over the years. I have been asked what my favorite game of all time was. There are 4 that come to mind. The 2 state championships that Pleasant won in 1996 when Pleasant snapped Versailes 54-game winning streak winnning 26-14, in 2002 when Pleasant came from behind in the 4th quarter to beat Smithville 33-18, in 2000 when Harding went to mighty Massilon and scored with a little more than a minute to go to take the lead at 17-13, and then have Justin Swick run for a 46 year touchdown with 4 seconds to go but have it nullified by a holding call, and Marion Catholic beating Troy Christian on one of the worst nights ever for football in the wind, snow and rain and qualifying for the state playoffs in week 10. Lots of great memories.    

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