Sayre football honored as Athletes of the Week

Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT
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The name Chad Pennington should ring a bell. He played 11 years in the NFL and is now the head football coach at Sayre.

“I’ll be sitting in the huddle, and I’ll listen to them talk, and I’m like this guy used to play with the greats," said Hudson Sabal. "Some of the guys that he’s played with are in the Hall of Fame, and I’m like it’s just crazy.”

Even more fantastic is the fact that Coach Pennington is resurrecting a program.

“Watching my Dad coach for 30 years and watching different high school programs you take for granite the infrastructure it’s put in place," says Pennington. "So when you’re starting a program, it’s a lot of work.”

But bringing football back to Sayre fits the 2-time NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

“I played on Friday nights and Saturdays and Sundays and Friday night lights there’s nothing like it.”

Pennington says another reason he chooses to coach at the high school level is to teach the players how to deal with adversity. It didn’t take long for the coach to find a learning lesson.

On opening night, the Spartans started their game 45 minutes late because of a soccer match and ended the game at halftime due to weather. The night was still record making for many of the players.

“Anything that we did was setting the record for the past 40 years," says Sabal with a smile. " You catch a 1-yard pass in you’re the best receiver in the past 40 years.”

Sayre beat Bourbon County 15-0 .