When Monday’s game was scheduled against Bismarck-Henning, Griffin knew he would have his chance to orchestrate DeArmond’s offensive assault.
“(Bismarck-Henning) Coach Ryan Reifsteck and I have been friends for quite a long time,” Griffin said. “When this game got scheduled, I said something to him and he was very gracious and offering in allowing this to happen.”
Unfortunately, not everyone who wanted to see DeArmond’s first goal was in attendance.
Teammates from past years who have since graduated and moved on to college, in places as far away as Iowa, wanted to make time to come see their former teammate’s triumph.
Many past players planned on making the trip back to Danville from their respective colleges for the game’s original date last Thursday.
However, the game was rescheduled due to a lack of officials, causing the Danville crowd to be a few patrons thinner to see whom coach Griffin calls a “model citizen.”
“He doesn’t have all of the physical abilities that a lot of the other kids do,” Griffin said about DeArmond. “But there’s no doubt he works harder than anyone else we have on the team. He never complains. He’s never late. He’s never missed a practice. And, he’s never missed a game. He works harder than anyone I’ve ever had in my six years of coaching … and he means a lot to a lot of people.”
After the final whistle blew, a captain’s decision was made to carry DeArmond off the field on the shoulders of his teammates to cap off a night that had been a career in the making. Before heading home for the night, Griffin and Craig DeArmond shared a long, tearful bear hug.
With the victory, Danville improves to 7-4-3 while Bismarck-Henning falls to 4-4-1.
The Vikings will be back in action on Wednesday with a Big 12 Conference match against the Decatur MacArthur Generals. Action is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.