Cole Mullins, 12, sitting with Chris Tiger, 11, at a Mill Creek football game.
Cole Mullins, 12, sitting with Chris Tiger, 11, at a Mill Creek football game.
Landon Cassidy

Their Last Game

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  • Bryce Conway before an away Mill Creek football game.

  • Aidan Bandfield, 12, playing at a Mill Creek home football game.

  • Trajen Greco, 12, as a team caption before the coin toss at a Mill Creek home game.

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 Mill Creek’s football program has produced many great players over the years. A couple of this year’s senior highlights include Aidan Banfield, Trajen Greco, Cole Mullins, and Bryce Conway. The players break down how it felt knowing its their last season on a high school football field, Greco said, “It’s very shocking. It all went by so fast but it happens so we move to the next chapter.”

Continuing on Bandfield stated, “I love the time I had. I would not change it for anything. I had a great season with the boys, I’ll never forget the memories we made together.”

For anybody being involved in a community as big as Mill Creek you are surrounded with a lot of comradery.  Mullins briefs what was a big take away he got from the community, he mentions, “Everyone from students, to teachers to parents are supportive of the football team.”

 Conway, 12, also stated, “I’ve learned that our community is a family, we’re all Mill Creek Hawks. I appreciate everyone coming out and going to the games.” 

The impact of a strong community touches who you are as a person. Football has impacted their high school career, Conway goes on to say, “Football taught me how to battle adversity and time management. I’ll be able to take that into college.”

Another comment from Mullins, he said, “It creates good relationships with your teammates and coaches that last longer than just the 4 years you’re there.”

Relationships you build over the course of your high school career forms who you will become. The relationships they have built through these years led Greco to stated, “I have built so many relationships it’s ridiculous. From coaches to players and knowing I’m going to have to leave some of them behind is sad but I will always love them.”

Bandfield also added, “I’ve made new best friends, more like brothers.  I will never forget them, and the new relationship I have made. Especially with coaches who have become like father figures to me.”

The players gave different takes on advice they would give to incoming freshmen.

Conway said, “Cherish your moments, have fun, be coachable, and hard-work leads to success.”

Adding on, Greco said, “Just enjoy it, it doesn’t last forever and have fun with it.”

The players plan on using their platform they’ve created to put what they can back into the community you grew up in. The end to the season was an ending and a beginning for every player going  into college.

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