What's buzzing:

The Eh Game

High school football team wins championship — but doesn’t take home a trophy?

Neate Sager
Eh Game

To a teenager, there is nothing like hoisting a championship trophy that symbolizes a season's worth of hard work by a group of athletes and coaches.

Windsor's Herman Green Griffins scaled the summit of Ontario high school football on Tuesday by knocking off previously undefeated Brantford Assumption in the Western Bowl to wrap up a perfect season. The game was part of the OFSAA Bowl Series, a set of regional championship games annually held at Rogers Centre at Toronto.

Coach Harry Lumley's Griffins' playoff run was memorable enough for all their comeback victories<, but the 45-year coach and his players have another story to tell. They did not get to bring a trophy home.

From CTV London:

As reporter Bob Bellacicco found out, the Western Bowl trophy had not been returned by last year's "king of the 519," the London Lucas Vikings. So officials made do by presenting the Griffins with the trophy for the next game, the Metro Bowl championship (the game where Toronto mayor Rob Ford took it on the chins when Newmarket's Huron Heights soundly defeated his Don Bosco Eagles).

"We were lifting the trophy — we were just lifting the wrong trophy," Griffins quarterback Austin Lumley, who ran for one touchdown and passed to star running back Jaydon Gauthier for another in the win, told CTV London. "Then it got taken away and they told us it wasn't our trophy. That was pretty awkward."

"I figured we won the Metro Bowl and this one," Harry Lumley quipped, not sounding at all chuffed by it.

No doubt the Griffins will get the victors' spoils soon enough and it seems like they had a good laugh as a result of the football faux pas. It might mean they can be presented the Western Bowl trophy in front of their classmates and let the Herman school community share in it. That being said, the reward of a group accomplishment is having something that can felt only by the people who were directly involved. Getting a trophy to take home and keep for a year is part of it.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

View Comments (6)
  • Kevin Bieksa excited to be Plan B after Beauchemin prices out of Anaheim

    Kevin Bieksa excited to be Plan B after Beauchemin prices out of Anaheim

    “After we had discussed a few things, we made them a 1 or 2 year offer and it wasn’t good enough,” said Murray. “I was told they were going to the market early his morning. He told me what he was going to get in free agency, and I couldn’t get … More »

    Puck Daddy - 11 minutes ago
  • Catchings has 26 points and 3000th rebound in Fever win

    Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 10 rebounds, including the 3,000th of her career, to help the Indiana Fever held off Connecticut 92-84 on Tuesday night to snap the Sun's seven-game winning streak. Indiana led by as many as 23 points in the third … More »

    AP - Sports - 14 minutes ago
  • Rusney Castillo rejoins Red Sox on standby for Ramirez

    Rookie outfielder Rusney Castillo has rejoined the Boston Red Sox on a standby basis, just in case Hanley Ramirez's injured hand doesn't heal in the next day or two. Castillo joined the team in Toronto but wasn't added to the active roster for … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Argentina hit Paraguay for six to make Copa final

    Argentina hit Paraguay for six to make Copa final

    CONCEPCION, Chile (Reuters) - Angel di Maria scored twice as Argentina crushed Paraguay 6-1 on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the Copa America against hosts Chile. Defender Marcos Rojo and midfielder Javier Pastore gave them a 2-0 lead … More »

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago
  • Kansas adds UNC transfer guard Jessica Washington

    Kansas adds UNC transfer guard Jessica Washington

    Kansas has added North Carolina transfer guard Jessica Washington. Washington spent two seasons with the Tar Heels. Washington averaged 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game as a sophomore. … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago