In light of

the recent trend of protesting the national anthem and disrespecting the flag by kneeling or raising a fist, it was encouraging to me to witness the Cuyahoga Falls High School football team run onto the field in Wadsworth with the Stars and Stripes leading the way on Friday night.

While the outcome of the game wasn't in their favor, the Tigers competed to the last whistle, a trait that will serve them well for years to come. America is the land of opportunity, and to recognize this truth, to compete knowing that nothing is deserved without sacrifice, bodes well for the futures of these young men. Kudos to the coaches, the parents, and most importantly, the players. Thanksgiving, patriotism and maturity aren't measured on the scoreboard.

Tom Adams,