Men’s college football struggles with a new identity – The Sagamore

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As the men’s varsity football team adjusts to the new team atmosphere, it focuses on community bonds. The team hopes to end the season with no regrets.

When you have already reached the top, where can you go from there?

Last year, the men’s varsity football team won the state championship against Newton North. This year, the team grapples with its new identity and the challenges that come with it.

Junior Eamon Boshell says the loss of many senior graduates has caused difficulties within the team. He said they struggled to score, a problem that has come up since last year.

“It’s hard to compare to a season like last year because of the difference in personnel. A lot of the players from last year were once in a generation, so I think we’re having a bit of a hard time coming to terms with our identity as a team now,” Boshell said.

Junior Jackson Magee stated that due to this new team identity, the team dynamic has changed and this is something the group hopes to work on.

“We struggled with the chemistry all around the board because we’re not used to each other in certain positions. I think the team dynamic right now is a little off, but we’re working to try and get them back to normal,” Magee said.

Junior Gabe Spagat said he believed they could become champions again, but they would have to work hard to get there.

“Everyone wants to play for each other. Everyone wants to win for each other, but we’re still getting to know each other and we’re still trying to get to that level,” Spagat said.

Boshell said one of the biggest challenges they’ve faced is the pressure of being defending champions.

“Every game we play we get the other team’s best game. Every team wants to take us down and now we have to find a way to do that and not play as an overdog,” Boshell said. .

Due to these new challenges, the team has many goals for the season that they hope to achieve. Magee said his goal was to improve the connection between other team members.

“One of our goals is to try and become more cohesive as a group. Last year we had a really good bond and that has helped us get so far. So this year, if we can at again getting that kind of bond, I feel like on the pitch it becomes a lot easier as a team to get organized and have fun,” Magee said.

While winning games is an obvious goal for the team, Spagat said it’s not just about winning.

“I think what’s even more important than winning is leaving with no regrets,” Spagat said. “Even if we don’t win everything, as long as we end this season on a high note with everyone playing as hard as they can every day, then even if we lose, we will lose with no regrets, knowing that we have done everything we we could and went as hard as we could.

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