Posted On: 05/23/20 6:39 PM

On paper, it was the best season for Rosemount football since 2016. After starting the season 1-2, the Irish won six of their last eight games and advanced to the 6A state quarterfinals. Off the field, the season meant much more. For the community, the team, and junior Sean Appold, the season was played not for wins alone, but teammate Cap George.

"It was a good season working with all the people and playing my first year of varsity football, but not being able to play with one of my teammates," Appold said, "that made it a different atmosphere. We all went out hard for our teammate. It was a community environment around him."

George was diagnosed with cancer before the start of the season.

"It was a tough season. There was a lot on my mind because of one of Cap, but I had it in the back of my head that I am not just playing for myself. I am playing for a team and for one of my teammates who couldn't play. I went out every time and balled out for him."

Appold played a new but familiar position.

"I have played corner since 4th grade. As

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