Former Phoebus coach Stan Sexton proud of team, hopes to return to sideline

"Nothing beats being out there and having that camaraderie of your coaches and players all working to accomplish a goal," Sexton said.

Phoebus hasn't lost a step under interim coach Jeremy Blunt, a former Sexton assistant. Since edging Bethel 19-17 in Blunt's first game, the Phantoms have defeated Menchville, Denbigh, Woodside and Gloucester by a combined 182-19.

By choice, Sexton has no contact with the team and has not attended any games.

"I want to watch the games (on television)," he said. "I try to watch the games. But I can only watch so much. … I have chosen not to attend any games. I just don't want to go in and answer a lot of questions.

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"I would love to go to the games if I could just go in and nobody recognize me and go sit and watch the games. … They've shown a lot of resilience this year. … I'm just proud of how they keep that tradition going. That's all I want to see, is that they go out each week and uphold that tradition that was started when Coach Dee was there and (continued) in the short period I was there."

Sexton declined comment on his dismissal but knows he would have to address the matter were he to interview for another coaching position.

"The coaching bug is still there," he said. "I don't think the competitor in you ever leaves. … I'd just like to go out one day and prove to everybody that I still have coaching in my blood."

Tuesday afternoon, as temperatures dipped toward playoff norms, Sexton headed not to the practice field but home to his wife, Carolyn, and their three children.

"It's fun to be around my family now," he said. "I haven't been able to do that for the last 22 years. It's good to be able to go home and do things with them, and help with homework, though I don't know how much help they think I am. Just be there and be there for them.

"Pretty much for all my kids' lives, from August to December, Dad's not been around. It'll take a lot of stress off my wife. I know it's a lot of stress on her this time of year because she has to do everything. It's a blessing. That's kind of the silver lining in everything."

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