Our varsity football team is off to great start winning the first two games of the season against Kennedy and Seaside. We are all very excited for this season, with three seniors leading the charge up front, and a couple of the fastest guys in the state (Cooper Blodgett, Kees Tjaarda). We have the pieces to make a run in the playoffs this year we just need to put them together.
The team is feeling very confident about the upcoming game against Corbett. Coach TIm Warren has stated that, “We are the better football team, but we have to play like it, we can’t play down to their level.” What that means is we have to be the aggressors, we can’t come out flat and give them any advantages. If we can do that we should be able to pull out another win.
We have been pretty lucky so far in avoiding the injury bug, but one of our star running backs, James Helmen, suffered a broken kneecap in the Seaside game last Friday, with no time table for his return we can expect to see Kees Tjaarda getting the bulk of the carries these next few weeks. Crew Blodgett also suffered an injury in last Friday's game, he hurt his elbow and he hasn’t participated in practice this week but is expected to be ready for the game against Corbett.
The next three weeks will be a good way to see how we play against championship caliber teams, like Amity and St. Mary’s. We haven’t play Amity in any of the last few seasons, but they almost always make a deep run into the playoffs so if we can compete with them we should be able to compete with any other 3A team in the state. We then face Illinois Valley, who we have beaten two years in a row, and we are looking to make that three consecutive years. Last year in our game against St. Mary’s, they steam rolled us on our home field, we our going there this year and we are looking for a better result.
If we are able to win these next few games, we will be in a great position to win our league. With a real shot at making a playoff. For more information on our football team check back next week. In the meantime... “Gooooooo Tigers!”