Assistant Coach Ray Curran sometimes thinks about defeat, too. "I might cry," he says. "I don't know."
In victory or defeat Hudson graduates never go on to big-time college football, seldom even to little-time. That is a fact the mention of which makes Saylor bristle. "Nowhere does it say that a high school football coach's job is to build players for colleges," he says. What Saylor tries to instill is giving one's best and having good manners, virtues that are alive and well in Hudson, Mich. Curran says, "We're proud, but we're not going to strut."
Years ago there was a radio program,
Jack Armstrong, The All-American Boy, about a high school kid who raced about doing good and correcting wrong. The theme song went:
Wave the flag for Hudson High, boys,
Show them how we stand.
Ever shall our team be champions
Known throughout the land.
That Hudson High was fictional, but even so, Jack Armstrong never dreamed of 72 straight.