Varsity Football Successfully Ends Season

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Hiwin Bopearachchi

Rebeca Delgado, Staff Writer

Irvington Varsity Football had a successful season, finishing with a record of 5-5 and maintaining the same record from last year. They won 5 of 8 away games and lost both of their home games.

The team was lead by coach Ross Eddings, who announced that this season will be his last as a football coach.

“This season went pretty good, we gave up a couple losses there, other than that it went really really well,” Coach Eddings said.

This year’s varsity team was nearly identical to the previous year’s team, and was comprised of mostly seniors.

“I’ve been doing this for nine or ten years and this group was really cool, they love each other and they’d do anything for each other,” Coach Eddings said.

He also stated that the team is a committed group of individuals and are willing to put in the work to perform well on the field.

The team was both mentally and physically prepared for the season as training began in the weight room in January, less than two months following the end of the last football season.

The biggest struggle for the team this season was in executing plays. Translating plays done in practice onto the field during games was a challenge.

Execution also played a role in the losses of the games against Kennedy and Washington, which the team and coaches believe could have been avoided.After taking a loss at this years Homecoming game, Captain Dalton Evans (12) said, We need to work harder, be smarter, and execute better.”

The team performed their best, according to Coach Eddings, in the game against Watsonville High School, a tough defensive team, on Sept. 9. The matchup required plenty of preparation in the days leading up to the game. The Vikings played very well defensively, making this game a highlight of the season, taking home a win with a score of 14-0.

Overall, the 2017 Varsity football season was fairly successful and set a good precedent for the years to come.

“I hope they continue to build upon what we’ve already built on and I hope they do good and I know they will, they’re a good group of kids,” Coach Eddings said.