Fall Sports Sports — 26 November 2013
Sports:  Football season ends at Riley County, but players still positive

Interview with junior football player Jackson Goodmiller

Q: How do you feel about your season?

A: “It was a disappointment.”

Q: What is the most memorable play of the season?

A: “For me, it was probably just winning the two games in a row, trying to get to the playoffs.”

Q: What was your record

A: “2-7.”

Q: Do you feel as though you accomplished your team goals?

A: “Yeah, because we became a team, which was one of our goals at the beginning of the year.”

Q: How do you feel the new offense and defense worked?

A: “I think it worked fine; we just needed to perfect it.”

Q: Were you a younger team compared to last year?

A:  “Yeah, we were younger because we had a lot of inexperienced younger sophomores that had to step up and play.”

Q: How do you think the team will be affected by the loss of this years seniors?

A: “I will miss them a lot, and they played a lot, but I think we will be fine from having all the sophomores that had to step up.”

Q: What did you learn from this season?

A: “The new offense.”

Q: Do you think you’ve improved this season?

A:”Oh, yeah, we definitely improved.”

 

Interview with senior football player Brett Hammett

Q: How do you feel about your season?

A: “I feel that as the season progressed, we got better and better, and we set the foundation for next year, and I’m excited to see how teams in the future progress with the new offense.”

Q: What was the most memorable play of the season?

A: “The first touchdown pass at [Kansas City] Christ Prep; since I was back from my injury, it felt good to start off ahead.”

Q: What was your record?

A: “We were 2-7.”

Q: Do you feel as though you accomplished your team goals?

A: “Umm, no, we didn’t. Obviously, every team’s goal should be to get to state every year and win league, but we did the best with what we had and battled through a lot of injuries.”

Q: How do you feel the new offense and defense worked?

A: “It took a while to get the offense going, but I think it will be potent in the future. With the kids running it through junior high, it will be good.”

Q: Were you a younger team compared to last year?

A: “Most definitely. We started four sophomores on the offensive line; last year, we started four seniors and a junior, so that was a big change.”

Q: What was your favorite memory of the season?

A: “Probably the Marysville game. There was some history there with me, and I didn’t feel like they treated myself and my family right, so it felt good to beat them badly, and it was our best game of the season.”

Q: What do you think you learned from the season?
A: “I learned a great deal about leadership. It’s not all about what you say; it’s about what you do, and I learned to have a thick skin from kids at school giving us problems. Also, I learned how to battle adversity with my injury.”

Q: Do you think you improved throughout the season?

A: “Yeah, I did.”

Q: Do you think the team will be affected by the loss of this year’s seniors?

A: “I think they’ll bounce right back.”

 

Interview with head football coach Mike Beam

Q: How do you feel about your season?

A: “I think the guys improved as the year went along, so I was really pleased with how much the guys improved.”

Q: What was the most memorable play of the season?

A: “I really liked the whole [Kansas City] Christ Prep game; that was a really memorable game.”

Q: What was your record?

A: “2-7”

Q: Do you feel as though you accomplished your team goals?

A: “Our big goal was to get better every week, and we did that, so yes, but we didn’t win our district or win the league.”

Q: How do you feel the offense and defense worked?

A: “It got a lot better as the year went along, so that was a big key to improve, and we improved. We’ll be better next year, I think.”

Q: Do you feel as though you were a younger team compared to last year?
A: “A lot younger.”

Q: What is your favorite memory from the season?

A: “Well, my favorite memory probably is that trip to Kansas City, but really, every day at practice was so much fun with those guys. How much fun they made practice was my favorite memory from this team.”

Q: What do you think you’ve learned from this season?

A: “Perseverance. Everything’s not always going to go the way you want it to, but those guys persevered the whole year; they never quit, and so I learned from them to persevere.”

Q: Do you think you’ve improved throughout the season?

A: “Big time.”

Q: How do you feel the team will be affected by the loss of this year’s seniors?

A: “I think our guys learned a lot from this years seniors; our seniors persevered, so we learned from them. I think we’ll be all right.”

 

Article by Alexis McCormick, Yearbook Copy Editor

Photo courtesy of Mason Swenson

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