Most of the area football teams which had Friday games this week suffered losses. The exception was Westville.
While there is always frustration for a season to end, there is a positive that will come from having had the extra week of practice. That will be beneficial to those programs for the future.
So will getting a tase of the postseason atmosphere. Athletes who haven't been in the playoffs don't know how special it is. Once you've been there, there's motivation to return and go even further.
Seeing teams up close that advance in the playoffs allows opposing schools and coaches to see what is needed for their programs to reach a similar level down the road.
Westville scored early against GCMS and then used its defense to keep the Falcons from getting back in contention. The Tigers could be even tougher next week (at Tremont) when Dustin Billings, the starting quarterback the first six weeks, returns from a disciplinary suspension.
Danville lost at Normal Community, but the Vikings showed they are not that far off from being competitive with a program that captured a state championship in 2006.
Watseka gave a valiant effort at unbeaten Flanagan and the Warriors should be proud for "fighting the good fight."
Same for St. Thomas More and Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac. They are programs that are being built and you can look for them in the playoffs again very soon.
GCMS will lose 11 seniors, but a great place to start building is at quarterback where sophomore Stephan Birt was the starter. The Falcons play in a conference (Heart of Illinois) that sent eight schools to the playoffs.
Look for GCMS to reload and be a contender again in 2008.