Nothing was going to keep Chandler Prep head football coach Chris Goodman and senior quarterback Ely Sannes from getting to Globe on Friday night after hospital stays last week.
Goodman spent two days in a hospital to get his blood sugar levels under control (it was over 600) after he was diagnosed with diabetes. He was released Friday after the team had boarded a bus and began to make its way to Globe.
Goodman pulled into the parking lot during the opening kickoff.
Meanwhile, the 5-foot-8, 135-pound Sannes, who played most of the previous game with a broken collarbone, had surgery. He not only made it to the game but, on pain medication, staggered his way to the top of the press box where he helped call the offensive plays.
Chandler Prep ended up rallying from a 21-10 third-quarter deficit to win 25-21.
“To be honest, the quarterback inspired me to make sure I got there,” Goodman said. “He had just gotten done with surgery on his collarbone. I knew he was going. I had to get there, too.
“It’s who we are, this warrior mentality.”
Sannes said he wasn’t surprised to see Goodman show up.
“Him coming on Friday, even with all that had gone on, is nothing extreme for him,” Sannes said. “I think this is what makes our team so resilient. It is our commitment to our teammates and to our coaches.”
Goodman has seen his program grow from 19 players four years ago to 42 now. Sannes is one of five seniors who stuck it out from the beginning.
While Goodman was in the hospital, assistant coaches filled in. Sophomores Reese Vilaboy and Daniel Peake — sons of the assistant coaches — hooked up for a touchdown pass in the game.
Sannes will be following his coach’s path into the U.S. Marines when he is done with high school.
“He can do just about anything,” Goodman said of Sannes. “When I first got the job, he was a freshman who came up to me said he wanted to play football, because I was in the Marines. He means the world to me.”
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