In our opinion: Go Eagles!

The lesson high school football offers its players is among the most valuable a student can learn. It can be confusing, though, and sometimes it stings.

On one hand, young men are told the object is domination, hit the person across from you so hard that on the next down their natural instinct of self-preservation kicks in. To do that, to condition and drill plays ad nauseam, young men and coaches must devote their lives, as well as the lives of their parents, wives, girlfriends and siblings. They learn discipline and loyalty.

On the other hand, they are told, it’s just a game. Wins and losses don’t last. What endures for those who stick around are the friendships, the camaraderie, the memories, the little lessons that may not have anything to do with football. Athletes must maintain a minimum grade-point average. They must be physically fit. They are held to stricter codes of conduct than other students. They learn to be good people.

But for young men, it can come across as a mixed message. On one hand, the point is to win. On the other, the point isn’t about winning at all. We ask them to be as violent as possible, but only between the snap and the whistle.

Therein lies the lesson.

What high school football teaches its players and their communities, and perhaps more so when they are on a losing streak, is the difference between what is important and what matters. Football may not matter, but sometimes it’s really important.

The Eagles of Klahowya Secondary School are due for a win. It won’t be like any win. It will be glorious. For those who stood together through these dark days, it will be the sweetest win of their lives.

It would not be something to miss. The Eagles play Bremerton High School at Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday. It would be a good time to show your support.

Football offers us another great lesson: As long as there is time on the clock, anything can happen.

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