Before the 2022 football season kicked off, Munford was the team to watch with quarterback Jordan Bell and his entire offensive line returning, plus the addition of two transfers: Isaiah Cobbs from White Station and Braxton Sharp from Brighton.
They exceeded many expectations and made history on top of it by becoming the first team in school history to finish a regular season undefeated in any sport and becoming region champs for the third consecutive year.
Their winning streak crossed over in the postseason, taking down Clarksville Northeast in the first round, before a defensive-minded Springfield team stopped them in a 37-13 loss at home Friday night.
Despite what was on the board, it was a fight from start to finish with the Cougars (11-1) only allowing one touchdown late in the first half. However, the game was in the Yellowjackets’ (10-2, 4-1) favor the last two quarters, jumping to a 24 to zip lead.
The Cougars managed to get on the board with a Bell pass to Cobbs from 26 yards with 9:18 left in the game and Bell managed to score from the two-yard line to cut the lead down to 11, but Springfield managed to put two more scores on the board to seal their win and end Munford’s run.
Munford coach Slade Calhoun held his tears back and kept his head up in the post-game interview as he gave his team praise while reflecting on the season.
“These guys are history makers,” he said. “I wouldn’t take any amount of money or anything for all the memories and stuff we made this season, and, you know, it’s just been a special time. We all hate that it’s over, but it’s been a great ride.”
Sharp, who sat out most of the game due to an ankle injury, thought it was going to be difficult trying to fit in with a different team when he transferred, but they became like family to him and he knew that he made the right decision to step out in faith and join the team his senior year.
“My ankle is killing me,” Sharp said while holding back the pain with a smile,“but I’m happy with the family I made.”
He also believes in the rising players that will take over when he is gone next season and trust that they can be just as good next year.
“They got it next year. It’s their year next year. I trust in Isaiah (Cobbs) and I trust in Jordan(Bell). I hope they can come back and use this as a flame because I know they got it.”