Keeping The Football Flying (After it’s dropped)

A Story of the struggles of our football team these past two seasons.


Ava Fields, Staff Writer

It’s the first football game of the fall, it’s your senior year, and you and your teammates have been working your butts off in the preseason.  Coming off a straight loss season, you are ready to hit the grass running strong. It does not go as planned.

The buzzer sounds, ending the last quarter of the game.  You look up at the scoreboard, eyes stinging with sweat, and see Central Valley 63 – Knoch 0.  You go home and lay in bed, thinking about the countless hours of practice for nothing.

Come Monday, you know what’s coming as soon as you walk through the school doors; all of Friday’s mistakes are thrown right back in your face.

“It stings, ya know, if we aren’t playing [well] our team gets down, and we don’t play [well],” said senior running back/free-safety Keagan Fraser.

Throughout the past two seasons, our Knights have suffered some pretty bad losses on and off the field.  People talk, it’s no lie, but what’s it like being on that field under those lights? Sometimes, harsh words can stick more into our athlete’s heads than we think.

Getting through the hardships of losing as a team can be hard to tackle.

“We have to stay focused and make goals we want to achieve,” said Fraser.

Football is without a doubt one of the most anticipated sports seasons to look out for, but what happens when push comes to shove, when the sacks aren’t being sacked?

“This season has shown us that there will always be a downside,” said junior tight end Jake Murphy.

Finding and keeping motivation throughout the pain of losses can be aggravating.  Looking back on good memories can help.

“When I was little, in 2015, we went undefeated and won the super bowl for the Spartans team,” said Fraser. “We all went trick or treating after.”

Alongside Fraser, freshman quarterback Codi Mullen finds passion within himself.

“I have a love for it. I’ve been playing for nine years, it’s in my family,” said Mullen.

Some of the boys use the criticism to their advantage, like throwing that gasoline right onto their fire.

“I’ve put in so much time and effort that no matter what people choose to say, it doesn’t change my view on myself or my team,”  said Murphy. “There’s always going to be losses and downs, but the more work you put in the better you’ll be.”

The team aspect has a great impact on the football players.

“If I could thank my upperclassmen for anything, it would be all the love they give me when I’m out on the field,” said Mullen.  “We all just have a friendship out there.”

“Knowing we will get better and having supportive teammates makes the world’s difference,” said Murphy.