The Eagles tackled the season

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The Eagles tackled the season

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Football has always been an important part of 8th-grader Dominic Johnson’s family, so he knew he wanted to be a part of it too. “My dad played it in high school, his brother played it in high school, and my grandpa played it in high school, so it’s always been in the family,” he said. Students join football for many reasons: friends, family, the rush of it. Whatever the reason, football has brought many people together.

Football is definitely a team sport. There is not one important position every position is important. “If one person doesn’t do their job, the whole play falls apart,” 8th-grader Nick Lind said.

Each player on the Eagles football team sets his own goal that he hopes to achieve by the end of the year. Most of the players have a personal goal and a team goal. “By the end of the year, I would like to catch a touchdown,” 8th-grader Devin Vichaiyarath said when asked what his goal was.

My dad played it in high school, his brother played it in high school, and my grandpa played it in high school, so it’s always been in the family.”

— Dominic Johnson, 8th Grade

Dominic Johnson, the team’s tight end and linebacker who has played football since third grade, says his favorite parts of the game are to sack the quarterback and catch a touchdown pass. Throughout the game, he has to think about what route he’ll run or who he’s going to tackle.

Nick Lind, the team’s wide receiver and safety, has to think about what tackle to make and which way to run. “I always try to put as much force into the tackle as possible to make sure to take them down,” Nick said when asked what he has to do to tackle someone.

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The Eagles have five captains, Ian, Eli, Will, Deon, and Aidan. They’re the ones who meet before the game with the other team’s captains and the referee and call the coin toss.

Their coaches tell the team to leave everything they have on the field, try their hardest, run their fastest, make the catch, and tackle. Many of the team’s favorite thing in the game is tackling.

When the team was asked what they would like to accomplish for the season, they said they wanted to win a playoff game. Their season ended with a recored of 1-7. The team did not accomplish their goal this year, but next season they may beat their goal and may even make it to playoffs and win.

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