For a few moments after this song begins, with its methodical guitar picks hovering in the thin space between the adagio and andante tempos, one may question if this artistry could actually be the work of a rock band. Those moments instantaneously dissolve into recognition, however, once the whistling begins. In Guns N’ Roses subliminal ballad “Patience”, one sees that loud and fast can dabble in soft and slow. Soaring octaves and thrashing electric guitars give way to a melodic whistle and acoustic musings, demonstrating that even when things change, they can still be good.
All it takes is just a little patience.
The Senator faithful would need patience, suffering through a long lightning delay and ultimate cancellation of Friday’s scheduled contest, before enjoying a 41-20 victory over the hosting Clarksville Generals.
“Football players and coaches are creatures of habit,” said head coach Jeremy Lowery. “Anytime you change things up, it creates adversity for you. Our team prepares to meet adversity head on, and the character of our team was on display tonight.”
Clarksville would win the toss and elect to receive the ball. After the Senator defense forced a 3 and out, senior quarterback Kenton Chase would start the evening’s scoring with a 15 yard scamper around the left end. The point after kick would prove true, giving the Senators a 7-0 lead.
The Senator defense would end the ensuing Clarksville on downs, Chase would take to the air to find sophomore wide receiver Hayden Morrow for a 50 yard bomb to set the Senators up inside the 5 yard line, and junior Hudson Cress would follow a great block by senior wide receiver Titan Williams to walk into the end zone from 1 yard out.
Another Clarksville punt, and Senators would need just three plays, including a deep completion from Chase to senior tight end Clark Nance to set up junior fullback Tyler Miller’s 3 yard touchdown run.
WIth time running down in the second quarter, the Senators would force one more punt before Cress would add his second touchdown of the evening giving the Senators a 27-0 halftime lead.
The Senators would receive the second half kickoff and take to the air to matriculate the ball down the field before senior slot back Greyson McCoy would haul in an 18 yard touchdown pass. Chase would bowl over two Clarksville defenders on the ensuing two point conversion, giving the Senators a 35-0 lead and initiating a running clock for the rest of the game.
Nance would take over at quarterback on the next Senator possession, and need only two play to score, handing the ball off to sophomore fullback Gavin Hunt following great blocking by his offensive line (junior Colin Hasty, senior JG Cruz, sophomore Rolando Brookover, junior Alex Houchin, and sophomore Jack Armstrong) to scamper 48 yards to the end zone.
The Senators would rotate heavily with underclassmen the rest of the game, and Clarksville would find the end zone a few times to set the final score at 41-20.
The Senators are in action next Friday night at Mitchell.