“We’re on a huge mission,” Leugers said. “Us 20 seniors, we’ve been very determined since we lost last year. We came out and worked very hard in the summer, and we’re on the right track to get where we want to go. We knew we had to come out and fly around and play like madmen against these guys.”
The loss ends a successful career for Mechanicsburg’s senior class. The Indians will lose nine starters to graduation, seven of whom started on both sides of the ball. Mechanicsburg made it as far as the regional finals and won at least a share of the Ohio Heritage Conference three out of the last four seasons.
“They’re incredibly tough,” Forrest said of the senior class. “They’re incredibly competitive, and they’re incredibly stubborn, and I mean that in a very, very positive way. They’re going to make sure they get the job done; they’re going to make sure they get done what they need to get done.
“That’s who they are as a group, and they’re going to have a lot of success in their individual lives because of the fight that they had in them, that stubbornness and the spirit they have.”
Mechanicsburg senior quarterback Kaleb Romero had another strong game to cap his career. He ran for 166 yards, completed 7-of-12 passes for 69 yards and had a hand in both of Mechanicsburg’s touchdowns. Romero set 27 school records over the last four years, including most career offensive yards (11,468) and total touchdowns (84).