Faith: A yellow wristband, Somerset's guardian angel

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - Some would call Somerset's final drive against Mayfield a miracle. An act of God.

"At that point, I was like I got one shot I gotta get this," Somerset QB Kaiya Sheron said about Somerset's untimed down that won them the state title.

"After 113 years to have such an amazing football program and to have never won a state championship - I mean it still gives me chills right now," Melissa Sheron said, Kaiya's mom.

Maybe it was fate. An act brewing for 29 years.

"At that time desert storm was starting, it wasn't quite desert storm yet it was desert shield. They gave us a two-pack of yellow wrist bands," Kaiya's dad Kevin Sheron said. "I wore won and I left one in my locker. Not really knowing at the time what I was going to do with it."

On December 1st, 1990, Lincoln county played Ashland Blazer in the 3A state championship.

"We end up playing the football game, we end up losing. After it was over, of course, I'm an 18 year-old boy mad about losing so the one I had on I actually threw away," Kevin Sheron continued.

But somehow Kevin Sheron knew that wasn't the end of the story. Just where it started.

"Of course I had the one extra wrist band that I didn't wear, and I handed it to coach Lucas and I had told him that I was going to have a son, and that he could give that back to my son and he could win him a state championship since I wasn't able to win one," Kevin Sheron continued.

Robbie Lucas held on to that wrist band until a young Sheron walked into his locker room for his freshman year.

"Whenever I was a freshman I came in and coach Lucas handed me a wristband and I was just like, a wristband," Kaiya Sheron reminisced.

For Sheron, it was just a wristband.

"So I set it in the left corner and it didn't move for two and a half years," Kaiya Sheron continued.

Until it wasn't. Until it was a promise, a chance to make his dad a prophet.

"A lot of things had to fall into place for that moment to take place," Kevin Sheron said.

With a state title on the line and a chance to make history, Kaiya put on the wristband.

"Whenever my mom asked me if I had it, I was like of course I still got it," Kaiya Sheron said.

And as they say, the rest is history.

A team fighting for something bigger than themselves.

"Momma Sheron was a very special lady and I know that's exactly what she wanted to happen. I got to know coach Swearingen's mother, two very special ladies," Somerset Head Coach Robbie Lucas said of Kaiya's grandmother and defensive coordinator Jared Swearingen's mother.

And the Briar Jumpers had some help from above.

"Whether it's God, fight, fate or those people, I prefer to think it's those people I really do," Lucas said with tears in his eyes.

Whether it was the wristband, guardian angels or an act of God, Somerset ended their season as champions for the first time in school history.

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