Through the Uprights: Adam Sullivan 9/15

Adam Sullivan

By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC Columnist
Posted: September 15, 2014 - 6:29 PM

With any typical high school rivalry during game week, you see the trash talk all over social media. This past week was no different for Olathe South and Olathe East, who met on the gridiron Friday night in a showdown of two Olathe powerhouses.

When both student sections entered ODAC Friday night, they were expecting to leave with bragging rights until basketball season. They were expecting to get on twitter and use hashtags like #SSOD. What they weren’t expecting was to leave the game joined in one common goal, prayer.

Olathe East senior James McGinnis left the game Friday night after collapsing on the field. He was rushed to a local hospital and underwent emergency surgery due to blood entering his brain. It was an all too familiar feel for the metro area as we lost a local football player Andre Maloney last season. 

The trash talked ceased, the rival hashtags faded and the two schools along with the Sunflower League and high schools around the state and metro area became one family. When James wakes up and hopefully makes a full recovery, he’ll be greeted with thousands of facebook posts and tweets towards him. His name at one point was trending around the Kansas City area with #PrayForJames.

What started as a rivalry high school football game, ended as so much more. The lessons we learn in high school, on the football field or off, never prepare us for these types of moments. Games themselves become motivation to play for a fallen teammate rather than a win. It’s these moments where we’re reminded how fragile life is and how you really need to treasure every moment you have.

McGinnis hopefully will be okay. High school football, and life as we know it,  will go on in the coming weeks and teams will again hit the football field. All I ask is that we take a step back these next few weeks and truly cherish the moments we have either playing or cheering. Most importantly, I ask that you continue to pray for James.