CINCINNATI -- Friday night signaled the end of an era for the Glen Este football team. Not only did the game against Milford mark the end of the traditional season -- it also marked the end of Glen Este football, period.
The Glen Este Trojans will become West Clermont Wolves in 2017 as their school merges with Amelia High School.
"I have been here every fall for 36 years, all my life," said Glen Este football coach Nick Ayers. "My parents went here, and it’s everything to me."
Ayers nicknamed this season "The Last Ride," and senior Elijah Johnson said Friday that he felt a responsibility to make sure the game went well.
Especially because it was the last night he would step onto the field with his younger brother, junior Gunnar Johnson.
"It means the world to everyone, ‘cause I want the seniors to go out on a win," Gunnar said.
Although the purple Trojans jerseys will soon be gone for good, Ayers said his football family would be a part of him forever.
"I love this place. I love this community," he said. "These are my kids. They feel like my children, so I love them."
Students, teachers, family members and alums packed the stands to cheer on the last leg of the Trojans’ last ride.
And the Trojans went out winners, 29-14 over Milford.