The La Plata Warriors have made real progress in their football program. They recently had their first game and second game–though the first didn’t exactly as planned, the second was where they stole the show. The first game was against Chopticon, a team that in the past has beaten La Plata without our Warriors scoring a point. This following game, the Warriors were able to put up 21 points to Chopticon’s 41. As one of the coaches, Mr. Spencer had this to say about his Warriors: “La Plata came out and competed.” The pride in his eyes as he spoke of his players made it clear that they fought valiantly. From the level of skill that was seen, there is nothing to worry about with the season going forward. The Warriors’ spirits have not dropped since their game. They seem confident in their abilities and in each other, and are only looking towards the future and what other games have in store for them.
The second game against Leonardtown, which boasts a good team overall, did not end in a similar fashion. This year La Plata was able to show everyone that this is a new team, and they will play with all their hearts. The game was a fight through it all, with La Plata coming out on top with a 58-38 victory, as both teams ran the ball up and down the field. Bri Corley, junior cheer captain for La Plata, said her favorite part of the game was “seeing all the coaches, players, cheerleaders and fans come together and be proud of their team.”
The fans themselves have so much hope for their Warriors in uniform. Clay Taylor, a junior, mused after the first game: “If La Plata can go further on our offensive line and works harder defensively, we can go far.” The Warriors did just that in the next game, and it clearly paid off. Madison Simon, a senior, spoke of the fans, saying that they “were very spirited, wearing camo, also [as] a joke against Chopticon.”
Colton Sciascia, Warriors lineman, believes “That if we put enough effort, [we] could beat any team.” This speaks mostly for the players themselves. To see the football players around the school or in the town, anyone can see that are a closeknit family, having each others’ backs through thick and thin. This new aspect of the team can be credited to the head coach Rod Milstead, who works hard to build the team’s reputation and morale. According to Milstead, “This team that is more of family now is a year wiser and now knows what to expect going forward.”