Regardless of record, Concordia has won

Published 1:11 pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Concordia College-Alabama will add a victory to its record this weekend; a victory that will not show up in the win column.

The team will finish its 2013 season.

Tragedy struck the Hornets earlier this year when a bus fire destroyed nearly all of the team’s equipment. The team’s game against Miles College in Faifield was canceled. Players and coaches were stranded on Alabama Highway 219 with no idea how their season would end, or if it would even continue.

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But the season wasn’t canceled. Instead, the team rallied together and received equipment donations from local and national sources.

Concordia will play Warner University, from Lake Wales, Fla., at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in the Hornets last regular season game. Admission is free to the public.

Being able to finish a season should be counted as a victory, regardless of Saturday’s final score.

But Concordia is lacking severely in one category — fan attendance. After overcoming such a tragedy, one might think that fans would pack Memorial Stadium to see their hometown Hornets play.

Only a handful of fans attended the team’s latest game, against Georgia Military and attendance wasn’t much better in the teams other home game on Oct. 5.

Considering the five hours Georgia Military fans had to drive, it’s embarrassing the Bulldogs had more fans at Memorial Stadium.

Because the Hornets only have three home football games, locals should flock to support this team, their home team.

Critics may argue Concordia doesn’t win much, making the games less exciting, but it’s clear that the Hornets never quit.

Concordia College may not be the best football team in Alabama, but they are our team. Fans often determine the game’s atmosphere. Selma, with the exception of a few generous donations by local schools, has done a poor job of showing its support for the Hornets.

We would like to see every seat filled in Memorial Stadium. Let’s tell the Hornets that Selma supports them. Green and yellow should fill the stadium.

A strong finish could bode well for next year and years to come.