Posted On: 05/22/19 6:53 PM

Don Tidwell, 74, fixed his eyes upward towards the center-hung scoreboard that held the fate of Tishomingo's 2016 season.

He sighed as his vision shifted towards the dwindling clock. Though once youthful and promising 32 minutes of unbiased competition, it now allotted just three minutes and thirty seconds of play in the Indians' regional contest with Marietta, who now led by 21 points.

The seasoned head coach, who had served time leading the Indians' track, cross country and basketball teams, had been dealt his share of season-ending playoff losses; its number amounted exactly to his number of seasons coaching, in fact. Although the process may have been somewhat hackneyed, the cessation of this season would be marked by some unfamiliar implications. It would not only send the Indians home for the year, but would come to be a humble and oblivious going-away party for the septuagenarian. Though it would not be announced officially to his team until later that night, Tidwell planned to retire from coaching.

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