Sexton football run reaches deep into community

For an entire year, since last season’s bitter heartbreak in the state semifinals, Sexton’s football players have lived by the motto, “Unfinished business.”

It was just about them, they thought — their blunders, their mistaken complacency, their missed opportunity, their renewed commitment.

This group of teenagers is beginning to realize they are carrying the burden of unfinished business and the hopes of many others who came before them.

To the Big Reds football alumni and Sexton community at large, this team’s trek to Friday night’s Division 4 state championship cuts deeper than simply alma mater making a run.

Sexton football as a brand resonates. That brand legacy is part of the reason its star receiver and quarterback chose Sexton. And yet, with all the great teams and tailbacks, it’s never been this close to a state championship in the playoff era, which began in 1975. In fact, when the Big Reds play Grand Rapids South Christian at 7:30 Friday night, they’ll be the first Lansing public school program to ever play at Ford Field or the Pontiac Silverdome. – Read more at

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