Freshman football team goes undefeated

Kurt Benedict, Assistant Online Editor

Winning the Suburban League Championship, the freshman football team finished their season undefeated.

Head Coach Terry Cistone described the team’s record.

“[We had] 8 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie, and [the team] also went undefeated last year as eighth graders. Going undefeated in any sport is a very difficult task; you not only have to be good, but you also need to have some luck go your way also,” Cistone said.

D’Amico also spoke about how the team faced obstacles throughout the season and how they overcame them.

“One big problem we had is we lost a majority of linemen to private schools, as well as having one linemen moved up to varsity at the beginning of training camp. Our guys were able to step right in and produce immediately. Another obstacle were the injuries, when you only have eighteen athletes, all injuries not just hurt the athlete but all others on the team. Luckily, we had guys able to step in and produce for us,” D’Amico said.

D’Amico commented about what schools the team wanted to beat this year.

“As an alumnus of Revere High School and Revere Varsity Football, there is one team that you always want to beat, and it is Copley. [We beat them 15-14]. Barberton tied this class as 8th graders last season, so it was nice to get revenge on them winning 27-22 this year. Other than that, our main objective is to beat every team on our schedule and win the league title. It was great do that this year, and ending by shutting out Aurora under the lights at home,” D’Amico said.

D’Amico commented on what the team did to improve this year.

“Last year as eighth graders, these guys ended the season on a tie and a loss. I was going to let that happen to them this year. [The coaches and players] worked hard all year at practice getting better and better each week. In the end it worked out with us having 0 losses,” D’Amico said.

D’Amico spoke about the newcomers to the team this year.

“Jack Berwald, Ian Matias, Issac Nauer, Dylan Petersen, and Dylan Baun were all new players that all had immediate impacts when they showed up for the first day of practice. They mixed well with this already talented group of athletes,” D’Amico said.

D’Amico expressed his pride for the team and their efforts this season.

“Saying I am proud of my team is understatement. All eighteen of them came in each day of practice and got better. When it was game time, they played above their level. They played team football. All eleven on each side of the ball played with extreme passion. I challenged them to let this great season become their legacy. I challenged them to improve on this and keep it going for the next three years,” D’Amico said.

Freshman Jack Berwald described his experience playing on the team.

“I’m new here, and the coaches and players made me feel very welcome. My team last year was not good. It was different being on a winning team; it was more fun. [I had] a great experience,” Berwald said.