LOSING! A Football Story
Losing is not fun. Anyone who tells you differently is flat out lying to you. Last Friday, August 31, the Geneva football team dropped the first game of the season to Houston Second Baptist. Yes, I can think of a whole list of excuses as to why we came up short, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are starting our season with a losing record.
I have played five seasons of eleven-man football with a Geneva uniform and in that time I have never had a losing record...not how I pictured starting my senior season. My initial goal for my senior year was an undefeated season. In the past that has been a tangible goal that was only realized once before. I believed that this year had that potential too and it hurts to have to give up on that so quickly in the season.
Even though starting the season with a loss definitely stings, it is not over just because of that one loss. Head coach Dean Herbort always says, “The danger of wanting a perfect season comes with the first loss. What then? Just focus on winning the next one.” In the coming weeks we have a tough schedule and in order to be successful, we need to focus on one game at a time.
This year has been surrounded with a lot of big talk. We've made it to the playoffs every year we've been in district. We made it to the third round of the playoffs last year and lost to the eventual state champions. This year we are ranked number one in our TAPPS division and have a great chance at a state title (although I am a biased source). That kind of hype surrounding a team can be encouraging but also has a chance to be dangerous if complacency sets in. As a senior I am extremely proud to lead this team, but at the same time I feel a sense of personal responsibility: a responsibility to give everything I have all the time and I expect the same from those around me. I believe that if we hold each other accountable to this, we are unbeatable.
That’s why this loss came as a shock.
A shock isn’t always a bad thing though. We have a tough schedule ahead and this kind of fight is just the thing that will get us used to what it takes to compete at a high level and advance further into the playoffs where no game is easy.
This week the Geneva Eagles take on St. Mary’s Hall Barons on their field for the first time of the 2018 season and we are hoping to come out on top for our crowd. We can't do this alone though-we need the entire Geneva fan base to show up and show your eagle-pride.