That’s another win for the Pirate football team, now 4-0 coming off their dominant win against the Portage Indians 58-19. Coming off the long quarantine, the team has come out with a new sense of energy and focus.
The team has had multiple starters step up, fill spots, and make plays that have led to the success of this football team.
“Offensively Angel Nelson (11), Lavarion Logan (11), and Theo Sparks (11) have really stepped up,” Coach Brad Seis said.
“They were replacing some pretty good players that graduated and the rest of the positions have had a lot of returners coming back from a good team. Defensively Jordan Magee (12), Edward Akins (12), Devon Davis (12), and JoJo Johson(12), Dierre Kelly (12) have really stepped up as new defensive starters.”
The team has a strong bond that has blended them together, which has led to their recent success. The exciting play of their starting quarterback Angel Nelson, who has totaled 686 yards in four wins for the Pirates.
“I’ve just continued to work hard and keep a good bond with my teammates. I also work on reading coverages, footwork and arm strength. Our bond has always been there, really we all grew up playing football together since we were 5,6 years old,” Nelson said.
After almost completing a state championship run last year, the football team looks to overcome every obstacle on their way to another championship push.
“With the success we had last year going 11-2 and being one win away from competing for a state championship we felt very strong about what we had coming back from last year’s team and some of the newcomers that would step up,” Seis said.
“The way we prepare really turned upside down when Covid hit in March but our coaching staff and players have adjusted and adapted to Covid Era football in 2020 and feel the kids have done a nice job getting themselves prepared.”
The injury of senior Phillip Gunn has affected everyone on the squad, but the team hopes to continue their success in honor of their fallen player.
“Being on the field and witnessing Phillip and obtaining that gruesome injury like that was kind of devastating, but we all just had to rely on the next man up and he did his job so we just gotta keep progressing forward. Hopefully Phillip will be back, but we gotta keep pushing forward and moving forward,” starting varsity center Jaqui Gray said.