Lakeview varsity seniors take their last walk off of the field

Mark Mullins

Mark Mullins

Rachel Barber, Staff Writer

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Lakeview’s varsity football team had ten seniors on the team that experienced their final season as proud Huskies this year. For the athletes’ last season of high school football, the boys held a record of 2-7.

  Playing in their last season, and especially the last game on Oct. 21, was an extremely emotional and humbling experience for the young men.

  Senior captain Zach Hurd stated, “It still shocks me that it’s gone so quickly. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone..just too fast.”

  Before the final game, several of the boys, such as Kyle Kosal, ‘18, posted Snapchat stories of the jerseys they’d have to hand in with emotional captions such as, “Can’t believe it’s about to be over.” Although Kosal only played football his senior year, he was as much a part of the team as a four-year varsity athlete.

  Kosal said with regret, “I wish I would have played those three other years. I never got the full experience from making my way up from the freshman to varsity team. I would’ve been way better.”

  Others who have played all four years learned valuable lessons from being a part of such a close team. Hurd said, “I learned to understand faith, and believing and knowing your limits.”

 The hardest part of leaving this high school sport is leaving old friends behind, according to most of the seniors.

  Hurd explained, “I will always remember practices, but most importantly my friends doing great things, like scoring their first touchdowns. I’m so thankful I was there with them making memories and making history.”

  Jaylyn Williams, ‘18, reflecting on his season said, “I’ll never forget scoring my first touchdown to end the game as a senior.”

 Hurd is one of the luckier boys that are able to say this might not be their last time on the field. He plans to continue his career at the college level.

  “I’m looking into playing for colleges like Siena Heights University, Grand Valley State University, Lawrence Technological University, or Chicago University.”

  Without the seniors on the team, Lakeview’s football program is losing ten great players. These athletes provided great assets to the team, but there’s a lot of young talent as well, the seniors have said.

 Kosal stated, “I think the boys will pull through and be very successful next year with a lot of returning players.”

  Agreeing with Kosal, Hurd said, “They’ll find a way and will do great things next season.”

  The younger boys looked at these seniors as the leaders of which they will have to become. Losing ten talented seniors is one thing, but losing leaders opens up an entire window for underclassmen.

  Sophomore, Evan Rochon said, “The seniors stepped up a lot this year. Jaylyn showed a lot of leadership, giving our team the confidence that we needed to stick together and continue to play hard.”

   The underclassmen all collectively feel that they’ll be able to step up next year to fill the big shoes left for them.

  Williams faithfully said, “The boys will do good. They just have to keep the big baby community up. Simple!”

  

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Lakeview varsity seniors take their last walk off of the field