Players look towards success for the upcoming season.
Football season is the church bells to everyone’s ears in small town Parker, Colorado. On August 25th, Legend High School’s JV football team stepped onto the field, ready to begin their journey towards playoffs.They scrimmaged that of Pine Creek High School, a local team penalized and now on probation for recruiting. The scrimmage, just like any other game, had both offense and defense that rotated after 12 downs, no matter the result of the previous down. The team had fluid communication, and cheered their teammates on as they scored, tackled, and dominated the field.
The scrimmage was “a huge confidence booster,” says ex-wide receiver and outside/ middle linebacker junior Cameron Thompson. Given the opportunity in front of them, the team has established a new sense of pride, led by the new JV football coach, EJ Kruse, formerly known as the transfer from Elizabeth High School, a rural town 20 miles east of Legend. Coach Monte Thelen was another addition to the football program, taking the stage for the first time alongside his players.
Although the conditioning can be extreme, junior Travis Thompson, twin of Cameron, proudly admits that Kruse and Thelen have been an asset to the team, making them, “so much more prepared,” as players and individuals, for the season, with playoffs in their sight. As wide receiver and outside linebacker, the conditioning and long practices pay off, because it allows both the Thompson twins the chance to follow in their father’s footsteps, the same footsteps that sparked the joy and love for the game of football.
The ultimate goal for any team is to win, and with winning comes the opportunity to make the playoffs. The Legend JV team has found much more than the motivation and dedication towards the game, they have built strong relationships with one another and have become a band of brothers that work towards a common goal. As a team with successful coaching staff, the light of the playoffs shine brighter this season than any of the past teams.
“I want to improve my team, my players, and myself,” stated Cameron Thompson. As individuals, each player wants to develop different skills that ultimately increase their overall bonding abilities and individual contributions to their team. During the scrimmage, both twins focused their skills, and honed in on every opportunity they got, to help impact their team in a positive way.
Passion is a driving factor for the game, and with the dedication that was demonstrated on the field during the scrimmage, it is clear to see that Legend’s JV team is motivated and ready to take a commanding position as to the outcome of the season, making our Titan spirit contagious and our Titan family proud.