by John Wilmer
PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- It's a story without an ending, just when you think over it's only just begun. This community and this team have seen more tragedy and have felt more heartache than most people could ever imagine, but today they're back at work because that's what he would have wanted.
Co-head coaches Al Kerns and Jon Wiegmann have taken on a responsibility that few would have accepted, not because they wanted to, but because they felt they had to.
"We felt that there would be some continuity that it would be best if Al and I would take it. We don't feel very comfortable doing it. We won't be able to fill Coach Thomas' shoes but we will do the best we can do and keep everything the same for the kids," said Wiegmann.
"Jon and I have that title of co-coaches but our whole staff is doing this, It's not just one of us or two of us," said Kerns.
The lessons being taught to these football players have not changed, putting the fundamentals first.
Tom Teeple, the local Barber in Parkersburg, is a long time friend of Ed Thomas and is one of the biggest supporters of Falcon football there is. Teeple says despite the changes things at A-P have remained the same.
"We had a lot of pressure last year with the tornado, but what they're dealing with this year is mammoth," said Teeple.
I know nothing I could say or any story I could put but together would show how much I respect Ed Thomas and his family, but I would like to say I am very fortunate. I spent four years learning from him in high school and I also got the chance to ask him those questions I was too shy or too intimidated too until I became a reporter.
He didn't just teach me how to block and tackle, he taught me about life and the one lesson I will remember as long as I live, is that the final score might not be what you want at the end of the game, but as long as you have given it everything you got and left it all out on the field you're a winner and you can walk off the field with your head held high.
Online Reporter: John Wilmer