Message from your photographer Ed

I have enjoyed these football seasons (since 2003) and stayed with it partly because the coaches, players, media, and fans take the games seriously and do their best. That inspires me to take the game seriously and do my best, and I like that. This season and this team has been the greatest, and at the same time I'm working be a better photographer.

There were a lot of unhappy Middletown players at the end of the last game, which makes sense, because they were all working so hard for a difficult goal, and came just short. Basketball coach John Wooden's accomplishments came before these players lifetimes and may not be familiar to them. He was The Sporting News's choice as greatest coach in American Sports History, and is also known for his "pyramid of success" which includes this definition:

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

I know how hard this team worked, and I say: You could hardly be more successful.