Football team off to explosive start

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Quarterback Ashten Snelsire hands the ball off looking to score.

Brittyn Leonard, Co-editor-in-chief

The Decatur football team has been off to a strong start to the abbreviated fall season. After the uncertainty of if they would even have a chance to compete, the coaches and players have put together a team that seems unbeatable. Coming off a losing season, the team is ready to take charge of the Bayside Conference.

Jake Coleman was named head coach this school year after posing as an assistant coach last year, and Coleman has already lead his team to two big wins over tough Bayside components. Beating Parkside and Bennett early in the season, the team has shown they are ready to play.

Wide Receiver, cornerback, and senior captain Koby Higgins commented on his team, stated “I feel like we have a lot of energy this year. We are all in it for the team and no one is playing selfishly.” Elaborating on the updated coaching staff he shared his thoughts, stating, “…coaching wise, our new coaches have helped me and my teammates become better each day by pushing us to our limit and Coach Coleman has been a great leader for us.”

Another senior and starting right guard Rafe Parsons is also an avid part of the team’s success. Talking about how the team has changed this season, he stated, “…we are playing as a team now and are finally holding each other accountable. We have never really had the discipline aspect before.” As he looks toward the end of his senior season, Parsons stated, “…it feels great, I just want to keep it going of course.”

Having only five or six seniors, there are a lot of juniors and underclassman on this year’s varsity team. Despite the diversity in age, all players seem to be helping on both sides of the ball. The offense and defense have been working together to stop teams from scoring, as well as scoring touchdowns of their own to help win tough games.

Junior Logan Tapman and starting left tackle, feels this season is different than any other. As this is his first year on varsity he feels the team is very close because, “…our team this year is more determined to win and willing to work harder than ever.” Discussing the new coaching staff, “…I believe that our coaches have pushed us to be our best and brought us all together. We see each other as a family and we work as one.”

As the football team has shocked the Bayside Conference, this is just the start for this updated coaching staff and young team. Working hard each week of this season, we have only seen the start of what this team can do. Coach Coleman and the rest of his coaching staff, along with the team hope to keep this momentum for not just the remainder of this season, but for many years to come.