Ethan Damron’s focus hasn’t shifted since his Green Sea Floyds Trojans claimed the 1A state title last year.
The senior, who plays wide receiver and safety, wants to win it all again.
“There’s no change,” he said. “We lost a couple guys, but we’ve got guys to back them up, so definitely [we have] the same mindset.”
Just a few years ago, the Trojans were lucky to win a single game, let alone a playoff contest. They went more than a dozen years between postseason victories. But Damron’s teammates and coach Donnie Kiefer have raised expectations. Last year’s title was the first in the school’s history.
“We changed the tradition from 5-5 was a good year to a state championship was a good year,” Damron said. “We truly changed the mindset of Green Sea Floyds High School.”
Kiefer credits Damron with playing a role in that process.
“Ethan’s a very important player for us,” he said. “He started at quarterback actually both of the last two seasons. … He’s also going to play receiver and tight end and safety. He’s a really good athlete, so he’s got a lot of versatility. He’s smart. He can play a lot of different spots for us.”
What made the state title journey even more special for Damron was the group of people who joined him in it. The Trojans’ roster has 10 seniors and Damron has been playing with some of them since he was 7 years old.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “And all that hard work we’ve been putting in has finally come together.”
Damron hasn’t decided where he will go to college, but he hopes to play football at the next level. However, he’s not overlooking what’s immediately ahead of him. He has a title to defend.
“You can’t look too far ahead,” he said. “Because you will miss the things that are right in front of you.”