On Friday November 4, 2016 the Central Lancer varsity football team defeated South Philadelphia high school 47-6, to move on to the public league 6A championship. However the win was bittersweet for the Lancers. They were forced to play the remainder of the season without 4 year starter and captain Blake Schwartz (276). Schwartz suffered an ACL, MCL, and PCL tear in the win against South Philadelphia.
Schwartz was having an amazing season for the Lancers and losing him left a massive hole on the team offensively and defensively. However, Schwartz understands that the team still looks to him for leadership.
“I have to be mentally there for the team. I was and still am the leader on the team,” Schwartz says.” Even though I can’t make a physical impact on the field I need to fire up the team and make sure everyone is sharp for the upcoming games. It sucks but I can’t keep my head in the dirt because the guys look up to me, and I want it just as badly as them even though I can’t be on the field.”
The Lancers have been on a mission all season dominating to an undefeated 10-0 record. They played longtime rival Northeast in the public league championship on Saturday, November 12th, and unfortunately lost 31-8..
The Lancers have not had much success against Northeast recently as their last win came 3 years ago on thanksgiving. Northeast was 7-2 this season and was the Lancers toughest competition all year. The loss of Schwartz made it even tougher for the Lancers to win the championship on Saturday. Players on the team were still optimistic and felt the Lancers had a real shot at Winning the championship.
“Blake was a key role to our successful season. He was a leader in the locker room and a athlete on the field,” says senior captain George Jallah. “The team is emotionally hurt from not having him out there. We have a good linebacker group who should be able to step up and fill in for Blake. They have been working hard all season and are ready to help us win a championship.”
Kristian Rhim (276)