Tears filled Sammy Wilkerson’s eyes as he sat slumped on a table in the corner of Edinburgh’s locker room after the Lancers’ home game Friday against Milan.
Coach Bill Unsworth tried to console the senior quarterback, who left everything he had on Edinburgh’s muddy field on Senior Night. Wilkerson led the Lancers with 74 rushing yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough against the visiting Indians. Milan ran for 278 yards and outlasted two late Edinburgh drives to win 21-6 in the steady rain.
Despite the outcome, Unsworth said he was proud of the effort against the Indians, who beat the Lancers 49-7 a year ago.
“I thought everybody played hard,” Unsworth said. “Milan’s built for this kind of game. They’re a bunch of big, strong, physical kids, and we don’t match up with them that well. But our kids laid it out. A couple of plays on defense and a couple of plays on offense, and it’s a different ball game.”