When the evening was done, Tionna Williams hefted the Glass Spike Award and made an observation others before her no doubt have made, too.
"It's a lot heavier than I thought," she said.
Didn't keep her, or her school, from soaring.
On a night with a distinct theme to it, Concordia High School swept the podium at the 2013 Football/Volleyball Awards Program, sponsored by The Journal Gazette and SportONE Ortho Northeast.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, won the Glass Spike emblematic of the top volleyball player in the SAC; her coach, Trish Miller, was named conference Coach of the Year; Concordia quarterback David Morrison won the 22nd Euell A. Wilson Award as the SAC's top senior football player; and Morrison's coach, Tim Mannigel, was named conference Coach of the Year.
"You're not gonna see something like this very often," said Mannigel, who coached the Cadets to a 9-4 record and a sectional title after going 2-8, 1-9 and 1-9 the previous three seasons. "It's a neat thing for us and for the school."
That was surely true for Williams and Morrison. Both led their teams to seasons they could only have hoped for back in the dog days of August; while the football team won more than twice as many games as it had the previous three seasons combined, the volleyball team advanced all the way to the 3A state championship match.
"There's always that thought in the back of your mind, but honestly coming into it I knew what we were capable of," said Williams, who was named to the 3A All-State team after racking up 526 kills, 291 digs and 90 blocks. "I didn't want anything less than state. That was always the goal."
Morrison, who heads to Ball State next year after completing 238-of-377 passes for 3,412 yards and 29 touchdowns this fall, was similarly driven.
"It was such fun to be a part of," he said. "You know, we had our rough patches early in our careers, but it was a good group of seniors I was able to play with, and it was an awesome time. The memories are gonna last forever, and I'm really proud of what we were able to accomplish."