Murray County High School Indians

September 15, 2013

Devin Golden: Four senior Indians earn more than a win


“I thought it would never happen,” Broome said. “It’s tough to keep coming back when all you’re doing is losing.”

Did they ever consider quitting? Of course they did.

“The four seniors, we’ve talked a lot and talked about those times we wanted to leave and when we didn’t think it would be worth it,” Walls said.

Said Thornbury, “The way I was brought up, I would never quit in the middle of the season. I did hesitate at the start of this season, but I ended up playing because I knew it was the right thing to do.”

Thornbury didn’t get to play Friday; he’s out for the rest of the season after a fracture to his tibial plateau and torn meniscus in his knee from the first game versus Coahulla Creek. And none of the other three scored either of the two touchdowns — quarterback Justin “Jug” Smith handled that just fine.

However, touchdowns and wins are “bonuses,” Walls said. It’s not giving up and being part of the solution, even if your life isn’t perfect.

“The real prize is being with the team I’ve grown up with for the last four years and being part of a senior class that I feel will turn around our luck,” Walls said.

There will be more struggles in life — bigger ones than football — for those four men, and I call them “men” because they are just that. I said earlier they left the field Friday as winners. Truth is, they won every time they came back for a Monday practice following a loss. Heart isn’t determined by how many times you knock someone down, but by how many times you get up after being knocked down.

And to make it through life, you need a lot of heart, because you’ll need to have the strength to keep fighting after getting knocked down.

“It’s only human nature to say, ‘Here we go again. Another head coach. Do I really want to do this? I can go get a job and make money.’ There’s so much other stuff to do but they stuck with it and I have an unbelievable amount of respect for them,” Brewer said. “Those guys will become good people. I know they will become good dads, good husbands and do good at work. That’s what we need in the world.”

Everyone, including me, has problems. It could be finances, family, job, appearance, substance abuse, friendships or whatever.

It could be fighting to keep something or someone you don’t want to let go, or fighting to get rid of something or someone you don’t need.

For a lot of us, the problems seem tough. They seem hard. It seems like we’ll never get through them. We feel lost and hopeless. And, at times, we want to give up fighting. We want to quit.

But Zach Broome, Seth Gilbert, Clayton Thornbury and Jordan Walls didn’t quit.

So let’s follow their example. Eventually, just like them, you’ll find yourself in the victory formation.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Write to him at

Text Only
Murray County High School Indians
  • Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round

    Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.

    June 18, 2014

  • Isabel Salinas 5 mlh.jpg All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age

    Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
    One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.

    June 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • poty seth.jpg All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year

    As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • daltongirls.JPG Dalton girls finish second in Class 4A

    In the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last year, the Dalton High School team finished third at Nob North Golf Course. Monday, playing in the state championship at Waynesboro Country Club, the Lady Catamounts finished second by just two strokes.
    “There is just one more place left to win,” Dalton coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “They have the time ahead of them to do it.”

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Good day sends Dalton boys to state golf tourney

    With a spot in the Class 4A state tournament on the line, Dalton High School’s golf team put together one of its best rounds this season on a course coach Hunter Johnston said was as demanding as any the Catamounts had played this year.

    May 6, 2014

  • cchs v st pius boys tennis3.jpg Can’t win ’em all: Colts fall to St. Pius X

    VARNELL — Just as in other matches this season, there were handshakes and hugs awaiting the members of Coahulla Creek High School’s boys tennis team as they walked off the court Monday.
    Unfortunately for the Colts, this time they were of the comforting rather than the congratulating variety.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hopkins sisters 2 mlh.jpg Sectionals for sisters

    TUNNEL HILL — When you consider all of the hours of practice, all of the years of gymnastics training and the physical demands of being a cheerleader, the last word you would expect to hear an athlete use to describe herself is “lazy.”

    April 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • DHS at SE soccer 7 mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: Unbeaten streak rolls on for Cats

    Replicating the start of last year’s Class 4A state title match, Dalton High School’s boys soccer team needed just four minutes to score its first goal at Southeast Whitfield on Friday.
    The Catamounts scored five more — and again defended their crown of dominance in the sport.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: Bruins power past Cats for key victory at home

    TUNNEL HILL — Similar to Wednesday’s Sub-region 7B-4A baseball series opener at Dalton High School, Northwest Whitfield fell behind early Thursday versus the Catamounts.

    April 11, 2014

  • Prep Roundup: Dalton golf teams in form at Fields Ferry

    Even in wet and muddy conditions, both the Dalton High School boys and girls golf teams are sharpening their games at the right time.
    With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled in two weeks, both the Catamounts and the Lady Cats finished second during play at the Fields Ferry Invitational in Calhoun on Monday. Despite the soggy conditions, Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for medalist honors with a 2-over par 74 to lead the Cats to a 313 combined score in the six-play, four-score format. Dalton finished three strokes behind tournament winner LaFayette.

    April 8, 2014