Hearts heavy during emotional Spring Hill football game in wake of coach’s passing


Hearts heavy during emotional Spring Hill football game in wake of coach’s passing

PHOTO: The Spring Hill Raiders football team release balloons into the sky in honor of former coach William Fisher on Friday night // Photo by Alexander Willis

BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

Balloons flew high following an emotional football game Friday between the Spring Hill Raiders and the Riverdale Warriors, all in honor of the Raiders’ assistant football coach William Fisher, who passed away last Sunday.

“Football coaches are supposed to be hard and rugged,” said Riley Hager, a wide receiver for the Raiders. “I think Coach Fisher was the absolute opposite. All he was, was smiles and happy days. We will feel it every single day, no matter what.”

Fisher passed away last Sunday morning at the age of 33 of a suspected heart attack. He had been teaching and coaching at Spring Hill High School for roughly four years at the time of his passing and had also previously taught at Riverdale High School.

While the Raiders suffered a significant loss to the Warriors Friday night with a final score of 49-6, the loss of Fisher seemed to have stung the hardest, with players and coaches gathering together in remembrance after the game.

PHOTO: Jalen Curry (# 74) and his fellow players grieve over their lost coach and friend after the game on Friday // Photo by Alexander Willis

“I applaud the guys for coming out and playing,” said Raiders head football coach Ben Martin.

“Obviously everybody was hurting, [and] I think that was obvious there at the end when we let some emotions go, but we did want to do it in honor of Will. Great coach, even better person.”

Fisher’s family, fellow coaches and players all gathered on the field after the game, holding orange balloons while listening to a performance of “Amazing Grace” by the Spring Hill High School Band.

At the conclusion of the song, players released their balloons into the sky.

A scholarship fund for Spring Hill students has been started in Fisher’s honor, the Coach Will Fisher Scholarship Fund. The program will award students in Spring Hill with scholarship funding for meeting an as-of-yet undetermined criteria.

Art teacher for Spring Hill High, Jennifer Lamb, was at the football game selling t-shirts, all proceeds of which going to the Fisher scholarship fund.

“All of the shirt money goes towards [the] scholarship fund that we’re setting up,” Lamb said. “Great guy, fun loving… the kids adored him. Great heart, and I think that’s what the kids really caught on to.”

“He’s left a huge void here,” Martin said. “We’re just going to have to try to find a way to move on and move forward.”

Those interested in supporting the Coach Will Fisher Scholarship Fund may contact the Spring Hill High School for details at 931-486-2207.

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