WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren JFK football team traveled to Columbus Saturday morning. The Eagles returned home with a state championship.
JFK defeated Minster, 24-6, in the Division VII state title game at Ohio Stadium for the program’s second football championship in school history.
The Eagles’ bus received a police escort back to the high school, where the team rang the victory bell and celebrated with its community.
Warren JFK celebrates state championship
Warren JFK celebrates state championship x
“The kids were so excited to see all the people standing along the streets and all the people out here in front of the school,” said Jeff Bayuk, JFK’s head coach.
“For us being able to fulfill that dream and win another state championship for JFK is very special,” Bayuk added. “The kids were relentless in their pursuit of this.”
Parents and classmates awaited JFK’s return to the high school.
“As a parent, it’s one of those things you dream about for your kid,” said Paul McCartney, whose son Danny McCartney is a member of the Eagles. “You want to see them go out and play for a state championship and be successful — and not just your kid, but all of his teammates.”
Jim Coates knows the feeling.
Although he watched his son Jacob win a championship on Saturday, he played for Penn State’s 1986 national championship-winning football team 30 years ago.
“It might not be until five or 10 years later that they look back on it and say ‘This was a really special year,'” Coates said. “So as a parent, I just try to tell my son to enjoy the moment.”