The Varsity Football Team has hit a number of obstacles since last season. In addition to losing twenty seniors after last year’s graduation, they have recently sidelined their starting guard Senior Captain Walter Truxell (277) due to a shoulder injury, leaving a gap in their defensive line. Truxell explained that they have to smooth over a few issues in their play. “I see a lot of potential with our team. We have a lot of strong-minded individuals who need to become one team.” Coming off a tough 25-16 loss against Frankford in Week 2 of the season and Friday’s loss to Imhotep Charter, the Lancers hope to regain some confidence against Northeast next week. Walter believes the team is capable of more once they find a rhythm in which they are connected. “We need eleven Clark Kents all doing their job,” he says, “not one Superman.”
Meanwhile, Coach Drayton is confident his team will respond quickly and effectively. “We pride ourselves on our strength and we work hard in practice,” he says. “This is a good team and I’m expecting good things from them.” He notes that some factors in the Lancers’ three-game loss were a tired defense due to short possessions by the offense, in addition to the build up of a very young team. “We have a young team, and we have to go through the process of maturing and playing together, versus people trying to do everything themselves. They have to learn to trust each other: the quality of play depends on the team’s mind set.” He frequently tells his players that “we can’t beat the other team, the refs and ourselves.”
The team’s success rides on their ability to hone their mental strength and win the battle against themselves before they can win on the field. Nevertheless, the Central community remains optimistic for a successful football season.
Azure Lintulahti (277)