Following his final home game, a 36-7 victory over Mountain View, senior linebacker Will Moragne said he’s going to miss his time with the Friday night lights..
“You know a lot of us guys especially seniors have been looking forward to this season our entire high school years, so it’s definitely a good time,” Moragne said.
He said most of the team’s success is its ability to rely on one another. He says the trust on this year’s team removed a lot of pressure because each player only needs to worry about himself.
“Just working off each other, trusting each guy to do the right assignment on each play, focusing up during the week and doing what we’re supposed to on Friday night,” Moragne said.
Senior lineman, tight end and captain, Louis Passarello said building a relationship outside of the game brought the team closer.
“A highlight for me is definitely us coming together as a family on the field,” Passarello said. “I mean I love all the guys out there.”
Senior kicker Alex Wang said the bond the team has taught him to be a better player. He says he was inexperienced as an underclassmen but through the support of his team, he improved. Passarello was one of Wangs teammates that was able to help him become the player he is today.
“Wang didn’t really know what he was doing freshman and sophomore year but we were able to pull him back into the light when he came out to play,” Passarello said.
For Wang, the pure love for the game is enough to make his senior season.
“Just kicking some balls and making some tackles on kickoff and caught a pass that was pretty fun,” Wang said.
He credits the team’s season to the hard work it puts in during practice.
“During the week we focus, do set drills and practice with the (junior varsity) on the run against us,” Wang said.
Although Moragne said there are challenges the team had to overcome through the atmosphere of family they’ve created.
“We had to deal with a lot of injuries this year,” Moragne said. “So guys stepping up–guys that don’t normally start–had to put in that extra work, so I think it’s just dealing with filling spots.”
And Passarello said the length of the season has taken a toll on the team.
“One challenge we definitely have is just the whole atmosphere of the season being long,” Passarello said. “I mean this season we have been preparing since January a lot of the guys are beat up, so it’s hard for us.”
Looking forward to playing Milpitas Friday, Nov 8 at 7:00 PM and CCS playoffs, the team hopes to close the season with the success they’ve displayed thus far.
“We are getting in shape physically,” Passarello said. “Taking care of our bodies and cleaning up our mistakes on both sides of the ball.”