Our football program is a storied one. Giants have grown from our gridiron. Heroes have hailed from our hashmarks. Our Friday night lights have incubated some of the greatest of all time. There is one GOAT, though, that stands above all others.
This past Friday night, my twin boys and I were in the field house when HE walked in — larger than life and with a twinkle in his eye.
Now my boys are incredibly shy — hiding behind my legs or climbing daddy’s shoulders around most people — but not around this hero. They’ll line up for some knuckles or a quick hug every single time.
No, I’m not talking Trevor Lawrence — although he was there on Friday night too, and just as genuine and gracious as ever.
But nope — I’m talking E. The man. The myth. The legend.
His given name is Edgar Moore, but his fans — his generations and generations of fans — they all know him by a single letter. A single vowel. “E.”
Now “E,” the letter, is the most influential in the English language. The silent E has transformative powers, working in concert with consonants to turn soft vowels into hard ones.
“E,” the legend, is likewise influential. Far from silent, he cheers and cajoles, working in concert with coaches to turn soft players into hard ones. And he takes his job very seriously — and we’re not simply talking Friday nights in the fall. E is there with the team sweating it out at every summer workout and every fall practice.
And he’s been doing it for over 30 years. Over the past three decades, on any given autumn afternoon, E has been spotted making his way across busy Church Street from the local Burger King, where he has a job (of 28 years), to the field house, where he has a calling (of 33 years … and counting).
E has been a part of every championship season the Canes have had — and he has the four state rings to prove it. (Plus three more in baseball). He’s worked with three head coaches and hundreds, if not thousands, of players. As a matter of fact, four of the coaches on staff wore purple jerseys back in the day, and E was their manager then.
And E is their manager now.
But his role with Cartersville football goes way beyond manager.
E is encourager and nurturer and motivator and dancer (has he got the sideline moves!) and even (most surprising of all to those not in the inner circle), oddsmaker. His skill for predicting game outcomes is uncanny. His track record is mind-blowing. Vegas should be so lucky as to have an E in their corner.
And we here at Cartersville, we know how extremely lucky we are to have him in ours.
E is a blessing to every member of our football community — coaches, players, families and fans. We all know his name. We all sing his praises. We all know his worth — priceless.
Because there’s simply no CANES without our not-so-silent E.
— Heather Candela teaches English at Cartersville High for her day job and blogs about life, motherhood and football on the weekends. Her husband coaches the Canes' D-line, and you'll find her and their twin boys wearing purple and cheering from the stands every Friday night in the fall.