I assumed that it would take a decade to get Emmett to a state championship, if it ever happened, and I assumed it would only happen if we went back to 3A. Then I made a decision. I made the decision that I would work as hard as I could and drive the players, coaches, and community as hard as I could so that we could be a testimony to the world that the world’s biggest underdog can still win. I wanted to show the world that complaining and rationalizing should be replaced with hang cleans and fundraising and hard work.
I had the title of this book picked out in March when the Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down and all looked bleak. I told a friend about the title and they said it didn’t fit. I said yes we went from 1-8 in 2018 to the state playoffs. They said the title only worked if we played for the state title. I thought well we will just have to shock the world and play for it all then.
And then... we did.