Since the month of May, the last month of the 2012-2013 school year, football players put on their pads and went to practice with a new goal in mind. Wanting to avoid the disappointing second place finish of this past season, the team is focused and determined in their training to become the Washington 4A State Champions.
Bellarmine football has already seen much excitement like last year. The team’s many returners, including wide receiver Garrett McKay and quarterback Lou Millie, are hoping to carry the team all the way. When asked what he looks forward to this season, senior punter and wide receiver Joey Bottjer said, “I am excited because of the outstanding potential and chemistry of the team.”
He also wants to prove to those people that doubt Bellarmine will be any good because of the loss of great seniors like Sefo Liufau, Calvin Chandler and Michael Ota, all who are playing football in college.
Junior wide receiver Matt Ogard agreed with Bottjer when he said, “We have plenty of talent and a good group of guys this year. We’re all eager to play and will be able to compete with anyone.”
Success is always difficult to achieve, especially with the goal of winning the championship. In response to being asked what the team needs to do to achieve their goal, senior lineman Matt Hallis said, “Teamwork, communication and dedication will make us successful. If we work as a team and stay motivated to do our best every second we are on the field, good things will happen.”
The football team has seen much success already, winning their first four games, outscoring their opponents with significant numbers. They have worked hard every day since the last school year and enjoy coming out to play in front of the loud and engaged crowd.
As Bottjer said, “We do not hear much out on the field except our coaches, teammates and the crowd. The crowd really gets us going.”
The team faces its toughest challenge against Olympia on October 25, but the home field advantage might be enough to come out with the win. Even though the season is young, Bellarmine Prep football has traveled down the road to success.