Partridge gets a win and makes history

Football

Football head coach Jerry Partridge not only won against Truman last Saturday afternoon, he broke a Western winning record.

Partridge has won 66 games in his ten year career at Western, which sets him one point higher than his former head coach, the late Rob Hicklin.

Jerry Partridge“I wish he would have been here,” Partridge said.

Hicklin passed away on Sept. 1, at the age of 69 due to a heart attack and stroke he suffered in late Aug. Hicklin was Western’s second football coach, and spent 12 years coaching starting in 1974.

Partridge learned from his old coach, and followed in his foot steps.

“It means a lot,” Partridge said.

This victory represents the strength of the team as a whole. Senior Michael Burton feels that Partridge, along with the entire coaching staff, are very worthy of the
title.

“He totally deserves this,” Burton said. “The whole coaching staff too is as much a part of this as he is, and I’m sure he would be the first one to tell you that.”

Partridge will now remain the winningest coach in Western history until one day he is surpassed, maybe even by one of his own players. No matter his victory, Partridge will always remember his old friend and coach as the victor.

“When he passed away he was still the winningest coach,” Partridge said.

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