By Allison Flicker
"We always tell the kids, don't think about things you can't control," said Ferris High School Football Coach Jim Sharkey, but sometimes that's easier said than done.
"I found myself saying, how are we going to get through this," he said.
The potential Spokane Public School strike loomed over Coach Sharkey's Saxons.
"It was upsetting to a lot of kids," said Senior Joel Miley.
Upsetting because their first game, a game against Olympia at Husky Stadium in Seattle for the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, could've been a no-go.
"I've been teaching over 20 years," said Coach Sharkey, "and I've never been in this situation."
But today, at practice, knowing the strike was narrowly averted, the team and coaching staff was excited.
"As high school football players we all dream of playing in a college stadium," said Miley. "And even if were in high school, it's still a big deal to play in a college stadium."
"It truly is something that every kid who runs out there on the field will remember forever," said Coach Sharkey.
The Saxons play Olympia Saturday at 1pm. They leave Spokane at 5am Saturday morning.