But Drummond shouldn’t have worried. All Arledge — he, from above — needed was a chance to stand on his head and so he did, stoning North’s Jonathan Newton and Ashton Bray and, after Carson Cacciatori kicked it off the post, NHS had a victory years in the making and a new star in its keeper who would appear to make all things possible going forward for the unbeaten Tigers.
Arledge might have hoped for a little more support. After Briones missed the whole goal, so, too, did Matt Hockett. But Zac Taylor beat North keeper Daniel Taylor, as did Matt Tidwell, as did Reed Shafer-Ray.
Talking about it afterward, Drummond sounded, well, different.
Asked if he was emotional, he said he had a cold. Pressed, he said this:
“I’m emotional … I think I’ll go have a drink.”
Make it a double.
It’s well deserved.
He built soccer in this town, built NHS into a powerhouse, has stuck with the Tigers and kept them competitive, even for state titles, even as North has simultaneously become the dominant program, probably as a matter of geography as much as anything else.
So the Tigers went from being the state’s dominant program to being the Little Orange Engine That Could, and they’ve done it with a coach who refuses to tell anybody his age in fear he might be fired if they found out.
It’s what he always says.
Now he’s got a team that might be a little better than most of the others even while the others were plenty good and he sure as heck has a keeper.
Arledge would have been excused for being upset with Briones and Hockett for missing the net. The guy’s trying to end ump-teen years of Tiger heartache and he doesn’t need his own shooters off frame.