OTTUMWA — It’s a trip Pekin head football coach Joe Donovan always plans on making with his football team whether they’re playing or not.
The trip is to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls for the Iowa High School State Football Championships. It’s a trip the team will take today, when the first of the three state title games are contested.
While the Panthers as a team will not be playing on the field today when the Class A State Football title is decided, one Pekin player may have all eyes at the dome fixed on him, if only for a little while. Senior Eric Adam will be honored during a pre-recorded message that will play during the day as one of the six young men across the state to earn a $1,000 scholarship from the Iowa Bankers Association.
“It’s not something a lot of guys get the chance to do,” Adam said. “It’ll be neat, especially with all the guys there watching it. Maybe I should have been more nervous when I was recording the message.
“I couldn’t believe I earned this. It’s pretty humbling.”
Donovan, for one, couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.
“It’s an extremely impressive accomplishment. I called Eric’s dad to let him know that Eric had won and he thanked me for nominating him. I asked him why he was thanking me. Eric’s the one that did the hard work.”
That work has paid off with Adam easily meeting all the requirements that come along with the scholarship.
“I’m sure there are a lot of kids throughout the state that were more than qualified for this scholarship,” Adam said. “It’s pretty amazing to think I was the person they selected for this scholarship. I don’t struggle too much with things. I kind of take all those accomplishments in stride.”