JV/Freshman Football: Feeling the Sting from the Vipers


Running back wide receiver Tanner Shaw runs the ball to gain yards in the second quarter of the Freshman Red game.

by Claire Kyllonen, Staff Writer

The Junior Varsity and Freshman football teams played against the Vandegrift Vipers on Thursday, October 10th.

Neither Freshman teams were able to secure a victory for the Lions. The Freshman Red final score against Vandy was 44-14, and the Freshman Blue final score was 20-15.The Freshman Red team unfortunately had several injured players who couldn’t play and some that didn’t attend the game.

“It was almost overwhelming. They were blitzing seven or eight guys at one time, and in a varsity game, you’d never do that. With them being young and inexperienced, it was more than we could handle,” Coach Clay Richards said.

The Freshman Blue team game started in favor of the Lions, with both offense and defense coming on strong. They suffered an injury with their quarterback, and they had to bring in a new one, Tanner Velicka.

“He [Velicka] played really well, despite the fact he hasn’t practiced that position since the beginning of the year,” Richards said.

Despite the defeats, the Freshman Red and Blue teams pledge to continue to play hard.

“They’re getting better and better each week. They don’t give up,” Richards said.

Neither JV teams were able to secure a victory for the Lions as well. The JV Red final score was 14-6, and the JV Blue final score was 38-14.

“Offense moved the ball, but ¬†couldn’t ¬†punch it in the end zone,” JV Red Coach Sundheim said.

The JV and Freshman teams will take on their next opponent in district, the Vista Ridge Rangers. The JV teams will play at Bible Stadium this week at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Freshman teams will play away Vista Ridge High School at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Come support your teams as they take on the Rangers! Let’s go Lions!