HAYNESVILLE – While most Haynesville players were likely celebrating or resting after an impressive 30-16 quarterfinal win over White Castle, one lineman and his friend spent probably close to an hour helping out a frazzled and panicked reporter late Friday night.
When they made a brief visit to the locker room at Red Franklin Stadium a little after 11 p.m., Golden Tornado lineman Trent Thompson and his friend Brandon Wise, a 2013 Haynesville graduate, surely didn’t expect me to appear out of the darkness desperately seeking help. But they also didn’t hesitate to give all the assistance they could and stick around for far longer than necessary to ensure I could get back to Shreveport safely.
After mostly ignoring Thompson earlier in the evening while he opened up holes for Haynesville’s more recognizable running backs and when I wrote my story in the parking lot, I couldn’t have been happier to see him and Wise when a flat tire refused to come off my car. It took some effort to resist the urge to just call AAA (not part of my insurance package) and curl up in the fetal position, so I’m sure I appeared quite helpless.
That’s probably why the two linemen not only came up with a solution and agreed to stick around until my problem got resolved, but they also ended up doing most of the work. Eventually, I led the way on the slowest drive ever to a nearby gas station and got enough air to head home as two of the Golden Tors’ unsung heroes looked on following another job well done.
It turns out along with how to dominate on the football field, Haynesville’s finest also know how to step up and lend a hand to those in need.
They didn’t even ask for any of the beers I still had in the back seat from a Thanksgiving trip to St. Louis. Don’t worry, Brandon and Trent, once you’re old enough, the drinks are on me.