What team? Red Devils! The freshman football team has won five games with a loss of only two games so far! In a recent game against Wasatch on October 17th, the freshman team won 28-0! Not only that, they competed against Salem a couple of weeks ago, and won 24-6! For these past four years that the team has played together since sixth grade, their motto has been, Get better everyday! “As coaches, we stress that principle often with the boys and hope and expect them to apply it, both on and off the field,” Coach Murphy said.
“We push each other to do better, get along well, and work hard as a team,” Harrison Holley, a receiver on the team said. Josh Elison, who plays free safety as well as backup quarterback, said, “There are so many different personalities from all of the players, but we still work hard together as a team.” According to the assistant coach, Coach Hullinger, football is a great team sport where in order to achieve success, everyone has to work together towards a common goal. “We may not get along well off the field, but once we’re on it, we get along and never fight. We stick together,” Jantsen Thorpe, the team’s starting quarterback, said.
The team is very talented and devoted to their sport. According to Coach Hullinger, starting on June third this summer, the team showed up at the high school weight room at 6 AM to train, for two hours every day, four days a week. “They did this all summer long! Their commitment was impressive! You can imagine what all this hard work- together- has done for their friendships. They push each other, they encourage each other, they joke and laugh together. When mistakes are made, they don’t blame or finger-point, but working together they figure how to fix and improve things.”
“Football is an amazing sport because it takes so many people executing their job at just the right moment. If even one person forgets or misses his assignment on a given play, that play usually doesn’t work- it takes all eleven guys on each play!” Coach Hullinger said. “It’s been fun, physical, and takes a lot of practice- that’s what makes it fun! You just do your best,” Bennett Hullinger, a receiver on the team, said.
“I’m confident that this group of boys will finish the season strong and continue improving over the next few years and also will win a State Championship in a few years. I know they’re capable of reaching that goal and I look forward to watching all of them compete, on and off the field,” Coach Murphy said.