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1/12/06-Canton

Canton Says Goodbye To Head Coach During Banquet

Tonight was "football banquet" night in Canton and it was an emotional one. More than 500 people showed up to both congratulate Coach Gary Kinne and say goodbye. The word heard over and over again tonight was shock.

"It was very much a shock because the night before I sat with his wife and watched the All-American bowl game, and the next day it was just a shock," said Cade Burks, football player.

"It was a big shock, but we understand where he was coming from," said Tad Westmoreland, football player. "I mean it's a better opportunity." Football Players say it's hard to say goodbye, but they will never forget what they learned from Coach Kinne.

"He being a 5A state championship coach you know he's leaving that legacy with us, it's something he's instilled in my heart and others on this team," said Burks.

"He brought life back to Canton," said Reagan Sumner, Athletic Booster Club President. "He's made a record in Canton that will never be forgotten." When Coach Kinne walked to the stage, the entire room stood up.

"I can tell you right now it's going to be a tough night," said Gary Joe Kinne, Head Football Coach. "It's going to be emotional."

  Emotions were high for Coach Kinne's son G.J., who is also the star quarterback, and everyone wants to know if he will re-locate with his father in the Waco area. "He's leaving my senior year of course, but if everything fits right and if Offensive Coordinator, Coach Yancey, if he gets the job, or if someone inside the staff gets the job then I'll stay," said G.J. Kinne, Canton Quarterback. "If not, you'll never know where I'll go. I'll go somewhere."

  Right now, Eagle fans must wait and see if someone can step in and replace the coach that brought Canton football back to life.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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