Comets sent off in style for team’s first-ever state title game

Carthage loses a heartbreaker in state championship game

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Carthage Comets football team got a heartfelt sendoff Friday morning as they head to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to for the state Class A championship football game.

People lined the streets in Carthage to send off their state-bound football team.

Carthage faced off against Cornwall at 3 PM for the Comets’ first-ever appearance in a state title game.

Staci Boepple’s son is a senior on the squad. She knows it’s the last time he’ll get to gear up for Carthage.

“Bubba has dreamt of this day for ages. This week is, this is his last game. And there’s no saying maybe next week,” said Boepple.

Carthage Fire Chief Brian Draper has lived in the village his whole life. He says the Comets reaching the title game is a big step for the community.

“We’re a small town in Northern New York and to be going to the top game of the year at the Dome that’s quite an achievement,” said Draper.

For some Carthage Central School District students, the sendoff was a way to celebrate the impact the school has.

“It’s wonderful and, I guess, it brings out the best in us. I just want to celebrate that my school is great and it does a lot of hard work to get kids learning,” said Gavin and Carter Pate, students at Carthage Central School.

The Carthage community says whether the Comets come home with a win or not, they still see the season as a success.

“These boys poured their heart and soul into this every single game. And they are absolutely the most amazing boys ever,” said Boepple.

It was a cold and rainy send off, but that didn’t matter. Win or lose, the team has brought a lot to Carthage and nothing would stop the community from showing their support.

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