Bigger than football: Somerset defensive coordinator honors his mother during Somerset's state title run
In one of the most improbable drives, Somerset took the ball 89 yards in 31 seconds to win the
. The victory gave the Briar Jumpers their first state title in school history. But the win meant more for Briar Jumper defensive coordinator Jared Swearingen.
Swearingen played for Somerset in the early 2000s. He now coaches and teaches at Somerset as well. On August 23rd, the first Friday night of the season, Swearingen's mother passed away. From that point on, Swearingen dedicated the season to her. Here's what he had to say after Somerset's championship win.
"It's mixed emotions for me for multiple reasons. First, it's about this great football team we have and the players. On the personal side note, my mother passed away on August 23rd, our regular season game. I dedicated the season to her and I think she may have helped me a little bit on that last drive. It's bittersweet that she wasn't here with me, but I know she's watching from a better seat than I have, and I know she helped us win this thing. I am just so proud of this program, of this team.
Words can't describe it. I prayed and prayed and prayed. August 23rd, I knew we'd have a good football team. I didn't know it'd end like this, but the season was dedicated to her for me personally. I wanted to bury her not just in my 56 jersey, but I wanted to bury her with a ring, and she's got a ring coming now baby."
Swearingen and the Briar Jumpers won on an untimed down, in which Kaiya Sheron found Tate Madden in the endzone.