For most of his varsity football career, Alfonso Reyna has gotten the chance to experience the postseason.
So not making it last year didn’t sit well with the Everett senior offensive and defensive lineman.
“We’ve been putting work in since the end of the season last year,” Reyna said. “We’ve been having workouts, running around, conditioning and stuff. It kind of hurt us last year not making it that far.
“That kind of set a fire for us not making it to the playoffs.”
Monday provided an opportunity to start fresh for the Vikings, who officially began working toward trying to reach the state playoffs for a fourth time in five years.
Last year’s 4-5 season ended a school-best streak of three consecutive playoff appearances for Everett. Veteran coach Marcelle Carruthers said the Vikings have some great seniors coming back like Reyna that will provide leadership as they aim for a return to the postseason.
“There were a couple games last year that slipped by us and I know that they’ve been working hard all summer,” Carruthers said. “I know everybody says the cliché is one game at a time, but they want to make it to the playoffs. That’s like icing on the cake for us so those guys are ready to rock and roll and that’s all they’ve been talking about.”
Carruthers said one of the keys to making this season better is starting with the negatives that prevented Everett from adding to its playoff streak and building on that.
And Reyna and senior linebacker Diego Martin believe having everyone on the same page is one of the keys for Everett.
“Being able to know what’s going on where and where you’re supposed to be if we call a certain play and no second-guessing where you’re supposed to be or anything like that (is important),” Martin said. “We want to have it down and be smooth out on the field.”