Clay freshmen 8-1, Three Rivers runner-up

Press Sports Staff

“Brotherhood. Trust. Family. Individu-ally, they are just words, together, they are a recipe for success,” says Clay freshman football coach Joseph Kiss.

For the freshman football team at Clay High School, these words were the foundation of “absolutely everything that happened on and off the field,” Kiss added.

The Eagles finished the regular season with an overall record of 8 wins, one of which was due to a forfeiture, and one loss. Further, they finished with a Three Rivers Athletic Conference record of 6-1.

Throughout the course of the entire season, the Eagles outscored their regular season opponents 257-163 while holding four of the eight opponents, in which they played, to under seven points.

During the seventh week of the regular season, the undefeated, 6-0 Eagles would travel to play the undefeated, 6-0 Central Catholic team. Consequently, this would be the deciding game in who would earn the league championship title. 

Although the Eagles fell short, taking their only loss of the season, Kiss says they would not give up. They would continue to fight to eventually earn a second place finish in the TRAC, which is far better than any Clay varsity team has done in TRAC play in its over 10-year history.

“Getting a group of people believing and buying into a common cause is not an easy task in today’s world. However, if successful, the opposing entity better watch out. The amount of growth, not only as football players, but as young men, could be seen in a number of ways throughout the season,” Kiss said.

“Football is more than just winning, the game can be used for so much more than that. However, winning comes to those that do things the right way, to those that focus on the little things, those that trust their teammates to do their job. 

“All of these are skills that can be used over a lifetime. These young men regularly brought great attitudes, a tremendous amount of effort, and tons of positive energy. These are all traits of competitors, not just on the playing field, but more importantly, off as well.

Coaches included Kiss, Nolan Falls, Brock Belinske, Andrew Naugel, and John Flanagan.




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