Caption: Kenyon Perez runs a catch past Douglas High defenders earlier this season. Photo by Mackenzie Corkill.
Story by Kalyn Payton
The end of the football season offers players and coaches an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead to next season. Finishing the year with a 3-6 record and a playoff appearance against the Damonte Ranch Mustangs, players and coaches said there was much to be proud of.
“We just beat the teams that we needed to beat to get where we (were),” said senior Zach Ball. “To get into the playoffs.”
The varsity Lancers’ two league wins led the team to a playoff game against the Damonte Ranch Mustangs. But, the postseason came to an early end with a loss.
“We played really good as a team. We meshed really well, we got along,” said senior, Jonathan York.
“It’s a brotherhood,” he said.
The team focused on team building throughout the season, including team dinners after every Thursday practice before a game and even a trip to Donner Lake. The things they did outside of football helped create this bond that made them have a better execution in their games, players said.
And, with a number of sophomores on the varsity team this year, the team is hoping to carry over to next season the benefits of all that team building. The varsity team also looks to benefit from a strong JV team this year.
The JV team had a record of 8-1; many of those players were called up to the varsity team for its playoff game against Damonte Ranch.
York and Ball said that some players to watch out for next year are Nate McEntire (RB/K), Noah Rickett (LB/WR), Dominique Stallworth (QB), and Nicholas Ryan (RB/S). Coach Snelling says to watch out for the entire team.
When asking Coach Snelling what he had to say about the season as a whole, he added, “I was proud of our kids’ approach, week in and week out, despite our record. The kids came to work and came to improve and that showed in their play throughout the season.”