LHS football team looking strong

It’s Back to School time here at Lakeridge and the Friday night lights are turning back on. Returning Pacers are familiar with the good times and hype behind the beginning of football season, however, new students have yet to experience the memories to be made in the stands of the student section.

This year’s football captains include seniors, Ian Gaekwad, Mike Irwin, Jack Holum, and junior, Nick Hoddevik. After a long summer of practices in the heat, the team has developed a strong bond that should help them communicate well and perform better on the field.

“I think the team will be very successful this year. Everyone is very committed to the team and winning” said Holum.

Some players in particular have been working their hardest to help their team be the best they can be.

“Our whole offensive line has been working hard. Offensive linemen don’t get the credit they deserve, but they are the most important part of our team” said Holum.

In addition to returning players, there’s also new freshman who are excited about getting to play on Lakeridge’s field. Among these freshman is Paul McAninch, who’s committed to making his mark.

“I think I contribute to the team the most at the defensive end because I’m aggressive and go 100% every play of the game” said McAninch.

It’s especially challenging for the freshman, having to transition from a middle school environment, but the payoff is worth it.

“I played football in middle school and loved it. Now it’s very different because it’s more of a time commitment and competitive, but that makes it a lot more fun!” said McAninch.

With a cohesive team, talented offensive line, and determination from the freshman players, this year’s team has big goals ahead of them.

“Our goal is to take every game one by one and eventually get to the playoffs” said Holum.

With this goal in mind, the LHS football team has high hopes for this season. They hope to be supported by their fellow Pacers at their first home football game this Friday against Wilson High School at 7 p.m. under the lights.