Photo taken by Julio Lombardo '20
As the 2017 football season came to a close with a loss to the Greenwich Cardinals, the Wreckers reflected on a roller coaster season filled with both heartbreaking losses and uplifting wins.
Senior Captains line up for their final game- image from greershotz.com
The annual Thanksgiving game, known as the ‘Crush the Cards’ game, ended with a score of 31-14. Every year, the team gives it their all at the culminating game. Staples wide receiver and safety, Kevin Rabacs ’19, explained the team’s mentality going into the game. “Everyone was really excited for the game and to play a top team,” Rabacs said. “The mentality was to go out and leave it all on the field for our seniors’ last game.”
The team running onto the field on the homecoming game- image from greershotz.com
The season consisted of 10 games, beginning on a high note with three wins in a row. But the Wreckers soon experienced their first loss of the year at the annual Homecoming game, with a score of 24-20 against Ridgefield on Oct. 6.
The overall season record was 6-4. Captain and wide receiver, Max Lonergan ’18, looked back on the season.
“As a whole, I was extremely proud of how this season went for our team,” Lonergan explained. “Although not represented well by our record, our team proved how much talent and chemistry we had time and time again.”
Lonergan on his senior night- image from greershotz.com
Lonergan further expressed the true team bond formed and the impact his four years of playing football for Staples has had on him. “We were a very close team, the closest out of the four years I’ve been here, and I’m very proud to say I was apart of it,” Lonergan said. “My four years playing Staples football was extremely fun […] we really developed a true brotherhood and memories that will last forever.”
Center Ben Howard ’20 expressed his opinion on the season. “I think the season was a great confidence booster for everyone in the football program as it showed glimpses of how good Staples football could be in the years to come,” Howard said.
The team at their final game- image from greershotz.com
Being the end of his high school football career, Lonergan has high hopes for the future players.
“My hope for the program is for the younger guys on the team now to carry the leadership and legacy on for many years to come,” Lonergan said, “and of course to soon bring home a ring.”