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Cougars willed themselves to title win

Back in the mid 2000s, one of my best friends introduced me to a comic book called, “Green Lantern: Rebirth.”

The comic book, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, is a six-issue story about Hal Jordan’s return to the Green Lantern Corps. In the book, Jordan overcomes the fear entity, known as Parallax.

The Green Lanterns are a part of a wider-netted group that wields power rings on the emotional spectrum.

For example, Green Lanterns’ rings run on will; a Red Lantern’s ring runs on rage; and a Yellow Lantern’s ring runs on fear, just to name a few. There are more, believe me.

Escambia Academy used a lot of will power on Friday night in its 30-20 win over Autauga Academy to claim the AISA Class 2A state title in Troy.

This win put the Cougars’ state championship total at the school at two. This was EA’s third appearance in the state championship game in the last four years.

Over the past two seasons, EA hasn’t had the best record against the Generals. Until last Friday, it hadn’t won a game against the Prattville team.

To win the game, the Cougars utilized their will power to get over the hump.

EA head football coach Hugh Fountain, when asked what it took to claim a victory, confirmed the use of the Green Lanterns’ part of the emotional spectrum.

“This game was all about will power,” he said. “Look at the runs (EA junior running back) Pat (McGhee) had in the first half. (EA junior quarterback) Jabe (Dawe) drove it to a first down, (EA senior running back) Louie (Turner) powered a run.

“To me, that’s what it’s all about,” he said. “I felt confident that we had done enough in all of the off season and especially in the last couple of weeks to have the right will power to get the job done.”

From the start, EA was in firm control as it scored 18 points in the first quarter. By halftime, the tally was at 18-7, Cougars’ lead.

Thanks to a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters, the game was put out of reach of Autauga, even though the Generals surged again late in the game to make things interesting.

When the horn sounded, EA traded its will power for excitement when hoisting the championship trophy.

This is yet another case in which will power was used to overcome fear for success.