SJ-O's bid for first state title falls just short
ST. JOSEPH — Tension after a near fumble at the goal line. Jeers for the referee. A brief moment of excitement and cheering when the Spartans had a chance to tie the game. Then utter disappointment when they didn't.
That's how the game ended for fans who gathered at Roch's on Main Street on Friday night when St. Joseph-Ogden High School suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss in the football state championship game. Stillman Valley edged the Spartans, 43-41, in the Class 3A championship game in DeKalb.
Chad Goldenstein, a 1995 graduate, called the game experience "unbelievable," and said he thought this would have been head coach Dick Duval's year to win the school's first state title.
"I was really pulling for Dick," he said. "I thought this was going to be his year."
Jason Kuhn, a 2010 graduate and a former Spartan football player, said the game showed that the school has a good program.
"I think it's great," he said. "This town really needed it."