Mason Fine, Jason Pirtle, the Locust Grove senior class, coach Matt Hennesy and his staff are building a high school football legacy.
“Yeah, we talk about that all the time, leaving a legacy,” Pirtle said. “Me and Mason talked about it walking out our freshman year, our first game against Salina. We said we’d start building our legacy that day.”
Only one time in the previous nine years had the Pirates fielded a winning team. Then in the spring of 2011, Hennesy arrived. He was introduced in the basketball gym. He told the players what his expectations were. He told them how the past didn’t matter and how the future would be bright. That fall, with a senior class clinging to hope and a freshman class of future superstars, Locust Grove went 4-6 — just short of the playoffs, but better than any season since the 2006 team went 8-4.
Since then, the class of 2016 has gone 12-1, 13-1 and, so far as seniors, 9-0. Friday night’s victory over Inola ensured the No. 2-ranked Pirates’ third consecutive district championship. One more and it’s a third straight unbeaten regular season. Their only goal is to win state.