Game of Week teams suffer different kind of loss

Coach Mike Berry (left) and Coach Tuffy Thompson. (WDTN Photo/provided)
Coach Mike Berry (left) and Coach Tuffy Thompson. (WDTN Photo/provided)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Operation Football Game of the Week is between two teams dealing with loss this season.

The Vandalia-Butler Aviators are 1-0 while the Tecumseh Arrows are 0-1.

In the off-season, both teams lost their defensive coordinators to cancer.

Friday night’s game honors their families and their legacies.

“Tuffy Thompson obviously being just short of 25 years here at Tecumseh and the contributions that Tuffy Thompson made to the Tecumseh football program, we can all learn from. And he left a great impact on the football program and this community,” said Kent Massie, Tecumseh head coach.

“Coach Thompson, he met a lot to me. Ever since freshman year he yelled at me all the time. He just knew how good I could be and wanted to get it out of me. He meant a lot. I really miss him. And we’re just trying to honor him this season,” said Drew Riffell, Tecumseh linebacker.

We’re going to honor Mike Berry and Tuffy Thompson. Mike was a long time assistant at Vandalia Butler and Tuffy was a longtime assistant at Tecumseh. Two gentleman who spent a lot of time trying to mold today’s youth and yesterday’s youth. Combined there must be fifty years of coaching there,” said Greg Bush, Vandalia-Butler head coach.

“We miss him every day. It was great having him on the field. But all he would want us to do this week it get this win,” said Vinnie Fiori, Butler defensive tackle.

“The last thing he ever said to me was how he was excited to have one more year with me. As you can see that’s not possible. So Coach Berry means a whole lot to me. So this whole game and this whole season is for him,” said Joey DePoy, Butler linebacker. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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