Storm to Battle Vikings this Friday

In what many are calling the biggest game of the season, the St. Luke’s Varsity Football team will face off against the King School this Friday, November 7, at 2 o’clock on Watson Field.

Coming off of a huge win against St. Dominic’s High School (29-0), the team is both excited and prepared for the upcoming game.

The Storm is currently tied with Kingswood-Oxford School for second place in the FAAs with a league record of 3-1 (6-2 season), while the Vikings are in first with a 4-0 record in the league.

Senior captain TJ Simpson commented on the upcoming game, saying “We’re feeling really good. We believe that we have a much better team that brings much more fire than King ever could. As a team, we just need to play our game and dominate on the line and we’ll come out on top. We need the fans support as well. All they need to do is be as loud as possible and unnerve King. King shouldn’t have a single moment of comfort on Friday. We’ve been working hard this week and can’t wait to go to battle. I hope everybody comes out to support.”

We’re feeling really good. We believe that we have a much better team that brings much more fire than King ever could.

And it certainly seems like everyone is planning to. Rumor has it that King is bringing two buses full of fans to the game, but it doesn’t even seem like they will be able to rival the turnout of SLS students. Cafeteria tables are humming with spirit and the 12th Man Cheering Section student Facebook group is being updated daily to pump up students for the game. It has just been announced that the game will be a black out, so expect to see the entire student section dressed in the spirit of the game.

Alex Libman, starting senior quarterback and captain on the team, agreed with Simpson saying “Obviously people are nervous, but as a whole we are focused, motivated, and dedicated to winning this game. In all, we are absolutely pumped for this game and feel good about the outcome as well.”

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Commenting specifically on certain aspects of the team’s performance, Libman said that “I am really confident with our defense. We changed a few things up to try and counter King’s run game and so far this week, it has looked great. I am also very confident with our offense. Everyone seems to be on the same page, and we had a great week in practice, working a lot on hitting the underneath routes and not forcing the ball deep down the field.”

Brian Kollar, a quarterback, defensive back,  and senior on the team, is currently recovering from a major concussion. In addition, Alex Tierney ’15, wide receiver and linebacker, is still healing from an arm injury that has kept him out for the season. Libman discussed these setbacks, saying “one thing the team as a whole needs to work on to get better is definitely to stay healthy. So far this season, we have had a lot of injuries and finally, for the first time all season, all of our starters are healthy. We just need to be smart and play safe.” It will be crucial to see how the team adjusts to the losses.

Everything we’ve done this year is boiling down to this one game.

“Everything we’ve done this year is boiling down to this one game,” urged senior and captain Kyle Andersen. “In order to win this game, we need to stay together as a team throughout the entire game.  We know that they will make some plays and that mistakes will happen, but it is important that we fight back as one unit and overcome anything that might go wrong.  The fans should look forward to seeing a fired-up Storm football team that’s ready to take on King.”

All members of the SLS community are invited to attend the game this Friday to cheer on the team. If you can’t make it to the game, tune in to 91.9 WSLX where Tyler Brandt and the rest of the radio club will be announcing the game live. The classic rivalry and growing spirit are sure to combine to make one of, if not the, most exciting games of the entire 2014 season.

 

–Monika Gabriele, Editor-in-Chief

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