TJ’s football team came together to end their season with a record of 8-2.
TJ’s varsity football team had their senior day game against Denver North High School on Saturday, November 5th, with a final score of 41-0, ending the regular season with a shutout. The team did an amazing job working together throughout the whole season, and the senior players have left their high school football careers on a high note.
The game was one of the highest scoring games of the season and the seniors can proudly say they pushed through all of the challenges they had along the way. Security guard and coach Woodie Bonner explained, “At the game and all throughout the season, the team played very well, which obviously showed through the score. We really try to instill teamwork in the players, and that also showed during the game.” Physical Education teacher and coach Bill Burns agreed and said, “We are sad that we are losing all the seniors but that means that next year we will be able to build up the younger players and make an even stronger team.”
Senior Justin Vigil has played on the TJ varsity football team all four years of his high school career. “Playing on the team has had its ups and downs, but overall it’s been fun,” said Vigil. “Of course I’ll miss all the players and coaches, but graduating and hopefully playing in college is the next step that I want to take.” Assistant principal Paula Hammel attended the game and was very enthusiastic about the boys’ win. “I feel the boys played exceptionally well and have had a great season, and with all the seniors leaving, the juniors will have to step up.” stated Hammel. “We will have a young team, which means the younger grades will be able to learn, improve, and continue to find new leadership roles throughout the team.”
With all the seniors leaving, the team next season will have to step up and prepare the players to become stronger. The varsity team is sad to see their senior players leave, however the rest of the team will surely return more prepared than ever for the 2017 season.