Quotable: Ponte Vedra football senior night


Nate Bunkosky

“It’s sad because of all the memories you’ve made, and you know you won’t be able to make them anymore,” Bunkosky said.

“I’m happy to know that I gave it all I had,” Bunkosky said. “I’m never going to look back and wish I would have done more.”

“The memory that sticks out is when we beat Nease in my first start ever during my sophomore year,” Bunkosky said. “I was really nervous because I had never really started a varsity game, and wasn’t sure what it would be like, but that first game will always stand out.”

“Ever since we were eighth graders we’ve all been hanging out,” Bunkosky said. “We’re just good friends on and off the field. I’m glad I’m able to end it with these guys.”

Wyatt Rogers

“The last thing I remember it was my sophomore year and I was watching some of my idols as seniors walk down the field for the last time, and now it’s all over for myself,” Rogers said. It really does go in the blink of an eye.”

“Our senior class has been through so much from coaches and injuries to COVID, but this last year has really meant a lot to us all,” Rogers said.

“The staple point of our season this year was winning at BK (Bishop Kenny), because we were big underdogs and we fought back,” Rogers said. “That game showed us that we’re never really out of it.”

“I’ll be telling my kids one day about all these memories I made,” Rogers said.

Trooper Price

“I’m just happy we moved here, because I came here in the middle of sophomore year not really knowing what to expect, but those boys took me in and from the first spring I knew that God put me in the right place,” Price said.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to continue to grow as a football player and to have all my brothers on the team by my side throughout,” Price said.

“Looking back at it, I’m going to miss going to Waffle House after games, and just getting every chance to spend time with them (teammates),” Price said. “I’d do anything for them.”

Layne Swafford

“Coming in here as a little scrawny freshman to where I am now is just amazing,” Swafford chuckled.

“When we walked out on that field tonight and saw the lights, the goalposts and all the people, I leaned over and told Trooper that ‘it just looks different tonight,’” Swafford said. “It just had a completely different feel and the second that final whistle blew, and you knew it was over, was just crazy.”

“Wins or loses, I’m just so blessed to have had the opportunity to play with these guys and have these coaches,” Swafford said.

“Getting up at 6 a.m. in the summer to workout with these guys builds a certain bond, and just thinking back on it gives me chills to know that I’ve been suiting up with these same guys by my side over the years,” Swafford said. “When you say family, that’s what this is. It’s a brotherhood for life.”

Ponte Vedra Sharks, high school football, senior night


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