A tough loss to a very good Trinity Sharpsburg team.  Not the way we wanted things to end, but what an incredible season.  A Region Championship, 12 straight victories and second straight appearance in the Semi-Finals of the GISA AAA Playoffs.  I am so proud of our team.

As for the game, we had trouble blocking their front, and when we did get on the perimeter, their DBs were able to make plays.  Defensively, we had trouble stopping their power running game.  They were able to run it right at us for some big plays.  Congratulations to Trinity, they did the things that they needed to do to win.

I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you parents.  You entrusted me and my staff with your son.  You have supported us all season and made sure that we had everything we needed to run a successful football program.  I can never say THANK YOU enough.  I truly appreciate you for giving me and my staff the opportunity to coach and influence your son.  A responsibility that we do not take lightly.

I especially want to tell you senior parents how much I appreciate you.  You have been involved with Gatewood Football for many years.  Our 13 seniors are outstanding young men.  The way they carried themselves and led our program speaks volumes about you.  THANK YOU!

Again, what a great season.  No player should hang his head.  We accomplished a great deal and represented Gatewood in all that we did.  The bar was set high, as it should have been, which is why it hurts to lose, but this team was special.  Never forget that!  Thank you for a great run!


Jeff Ratliff
Head Football Coach
Gatewood Gators