Spartan football team blazes through fall season

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Nicole Fluck

SL football team’s thrilling entrance on the field.

Jack Steckel, Staff Reporter

After a disappointing 2021 football season, the Spartans are off to a blazing start for 2022. Currently boasting a 7–1 record, the team has truly shown what they can do on the field – stomp down opponents on the backs of senior team captain Ryan Dematto, senior quarterback Avery Koser, and junior running back Cade Sawyer. 

“In the off-season, we really put in a lot of work; we really wanted to grind,” Dematto said. “Everyone was all-in from the jump.” 

This preparation is what a lot of players consider the catalyst of their success.

“Once we got to doubles week, the off-season work really showed. It was easy to install things during that time,” Captain Kain Boyle said “We were able to hit the ground running and didn’t have to shake the rust off.”

Another key aspect contributing to this early Spartan success is the continuity of staff.

“You know, keeping the same staff, and this quality staff at that, is not easy,” Head Coach Phil Sams said. “It’s nice to have continuity…. I think it helps a lot.” 

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. After the last season, the Spartans took a big hit, losing impact players such as 2022 graduates Blaze Curry and Alex Schaefer, both third and fourth year starters for the Spartans who now play at the Division III collegiate level for Muhlenberg College. However, the Spartans have found new leaders within their ranks. 

“I think we’re more experienced this year. We have linemen returning such as Kain Boyle, Mikey Fluck, and Ryan Dematto,” Coach Sams said. “To have a good team, a good offensive line is important.” 

With this experienced offensive line, exciting and explosive dual-threat quarterback Avery Koser becomes even more dangerous. Coupled with a calm, cool, and collected demeanor, he is truly exciting to watch.

“You know, I think Avery has really stepped up. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Coach Sams said. “He understands how to run the ball, and…he’s been very confident in himself.”

With a 7-1 record at the time of publication, the Spartans are not yet content, and have high expectations of themselves moving forward.

“We don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” Boyle said. “We could make it far…win districts and go a couple rounds in states and hopefully win. We always have those goals.”

It appears the Spartans aren’t pumping the brakes on this winning streak anytime soon. After a 42-7b statement win over Saucon Valley, all players are full throttle at this juncture, with their minds set on eliminating any obstacles in their path. The Spartans’ peaking talent, coupled with an experienced and aggressive offensive line, makes this football team a dangerous threat to the Colonial Schuylkill League.