Tim Dawson with his son Timothy from 2004 when Timothy was a member of the Concord football team. Timothy died back in May after a struggle with illness and addictions.
The high school football season begins Friday night throughout the state of Indiana.
It will likely be an emotional first game of the season for Concord's football coach. Tim Dawson is entering his 26th season as the Minutemen head coach. In every one of those seasons, he's been a dad.
Friday, Dawson coaches his first game since the death of his son Timothy back in May. Timothy played for dad at Concord. He died after years of struggles with illness and addictions.
Dawson has led Concord to back-to-back trips to Semi-State. This year, the Minutemen want to win for coach.
"He's kind of been a father figure to all of us," Concord Senior lineman Chris Hartpence said. "We have been around him since 4th grade so doing something for him big this year I think would mean a lot to all of us."
"We all want to do it for him, want to do it for his son," senior quarterback Cullen Fisher explains. "We really just want to leave it all on the field so that it's something to be remembered and he can remember our season with his son."
Dawson appreciated the fact that his players are looking to win for him.
"You know you spend a lot of time with these young men and I have been doing this for 34 years and 26 as a head coach and it's a passion," Dawson says. "I have a son and obviously I lost him to a tragedy but you also have a lot of other sons and these kids are fantastic, the entire football community has been fantastic but this isn't about me and about my son, this is about the Concord Minutemen."
Tim Dawson is the Concord Minutemen. So winning for Concord is winning for coach.
The journey begins Friday night when Concord hosts Washington at 7:30pm.