Playoff hopes diminishing for football team

After an extremely devastating loss to Lakota East, the Varsity football team’s ship has sunk. Two straight years to the playoffs have come to an end.

The season was a disappointment but the team has much to look forward to for next season. They have multiple starters returning to take the field. They will try their best to make a run for the GMC title.
The season was a disappointment but the team has much to look forward to for next season. They have multiple starters returning to take the field. They will try their best to make a run for the GMC title. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

“It was without a doubt a sub-par year for the team. The expectations for the team were through the roof and I wish they could have done better but it is what it is,” said Kashef Malik, 11.

In 2013, there will be no rally towels, no pep bus, and no achieving the team’s goal of winning the GMC. Back-to-back-to-back losses propelled the team to a five and four record.

The final game of the season is at Mason’s stadium in what students and administration call the ‘Battle of the Skies.’ The team beat Mason last year by a final score of 42 to 23.

“I went to the ‘Battle of the Skies’ game last year when they won; it was a great game all around,“said Caleb Ferrell, 11.

The last two seasons, the team has been to the playoffs and lost in the first round twice. In 2011, they lost to Moeller by a final score of 31 to 21 and in 2012 they lost to Elder by a final score of 49 to 42.

Starting quarterback/running back hybrid Greg Simpson, 12, had another huge year where he rushed for 829 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also passed for 574 yards and threw five touchdowns.

In was just announced that Jacob Borman, 9, will start at quarterback for the team in the 2014-2015 season. He will be a sophomore trying to lead the team to the playoffs for the third time in four years.

“It is great to see a soon to be sophomore taking control of the football team, we will see how far it can take them, “said Nicholas Wade, 9.