By Matt Smith
The entire Academy Park football team rushed over to defensive coordinator Mike Ewing for a group hug after Friday night’s District 1 Class 5A semifinal game.
“We love coach,” said one of the players in a sea of humanity.
It has been an emotional few days for the Knights and, especially, Coach Ewing, whose brother died earlier in the week.
“We love him,” said defensive back Jermal Martin, who, like most of the Knights’ super-talented defensive players, owes a lot of their success to Ewing. “We did this for him.”
The No. 2 Knights soundly defeated third-seeded Marple Newtown, 26-7, to advance to their second straight district final. They will travel to No. 1 Springfield next week.