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Half-time report

Varsity players share their feelings on the season so far
The offense lines against the defense hoping to push the ball down the field. Cameron Council (‘24) shares his thoughts on the future of the team. “We all plan to just keep winning so we can get to the playoffs and hopefully win a district,” Council said. Photo by A. Wallis

As the season’s midpoint approaches, the football team moves to fit the challenges they face. As they get ready to face off against their next opponents, they reflect on their past games and what is next for the team.

Cameron Council (‘24) is a senior who plays defensive end. As a senior, he knows the challenges that a team with underclassmen players can have, but as the team played and grew, those challenges went away and the team’s morale expanded.

“We weren’t ready for what’s coming for us,” Council said. “We worked out all offseason and we did pretty good, and we are ready to get excited and know what we need to do now.”

After that bond was made, players noticed the improvement in the team. One of these players who noticed was Rj Peabody (‘26). Playing at wide receiver and cornerback, he sees the difference that the team has gone through as the season has progressed.

“I feel like we’ve definitely gotten better from the first game and the most recent game,” Peabody shared.

Justin Latham (‘25) shares the attitude of the team during the halfway point of the season. Playing at tight end and linebacker.

“We’re feeling very excited. We’re feeling good about our next few games,” Latham shared. “We’re feeling confident that we put in the work we’re going to show the results,”

Sharing the strengths of team, the relationship they have as a team was the main reason.  As they play against different players, they change with the challenges a team faces. With more games they play, they develop a connection with each other and become a brotherhood.

“There’s the bond and the morale outside and on the field or we practice really well and we play really well,” Council shared.

Peabody sees the stamina of the team as the deciding factor in winning games.

“How physical we are and how we can keep going throughout games without getting tired,” Peabody said.

Each player’s play style works together to achieve the goals of the team. The chemistry that the team has allows different styles to combine and win games. Latham describes his playstyle that he has to win games.

“I would say aggressive because no matter what plays, I’m always trying to do my best at what I do the play right or wrong. I’m trying to get as aggressive as possible.” Latham described.

At the time of printing the team is 4-4 and hopes to make it to playoffs and continue to win.

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Wallis is a senior new to the hoofbeat team he was born in New Port Richey then moved to Trinity which lead him to attend J.W Mitchell high school. in his free time Wallis enjoys playing his guitar, reading, and play Dungeons and Dragons. Alongside these hobbies Wallis enjoys traveling having been to Costa Rica and London. Wallis is in Hoofbeat for the ‘23-‘24 school year because he’s taken some past journalism classes and wants to try something different for his senior year.
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