Hamilton player Ryan Tolsma reaches for an opponent from an earlier game.

Hamilton players remain positive despite season-ending defeat

Leo Martonosi

The song “We Are Family,” composed 36 years ago by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, was recorded by Sister Sledge,
The 2014 Hamilton football team used the lyrics from that song from the start of the season until its final snap from center.
Nathan Pando, who scored the Hawkeyes lone touchdown in their season-ending 64-8 setback to Byron Center, insisted he and his teammates were more than good friends.
“We are family,” Pando said at the conclusion of the Friday, Oct. 24, OK Green Conference game.
Second-year Hamilton coach Chad Miller couldn’t think of another school he would rather be coaching.
“I’m so proud of this team,” Miller said. “These guys trusted each other and made a commitment from the first day of practice to our final play of the season.”
The wide difference on the scoreboard didn’t seem to faze Pando and his teammates.
“We covered each other’s backs from the start of the season to the last play of our game tonight,” Pando said after hugs and tears from several players and coaches.
The Hawkeyes’ one victory on the football field came against Hastings. They were awarded with a win on a forfeit when Middleville learned they played with an ineligible player.
“It’s not about wins and losses,” Miller stated. “No one will remember the record. It’s about the relationships the kids had. I can’t really put into words what this team has meant to me.”

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