Irvington Football 2012: A Season of Success
December 12, 2012Irvington High School
By Ranee Wendy Robertson
The 2012 playoff season for Irvington high school football team has, sadly, ended. Still, players and fans will look back on the year as an unfathomable success.
Irvington ended the year with an overall record of 7- 4. No one expected the Irvington Blue Knights to make it as far as they did in the playoffs. The history of Irvington high school football might not be perfect, but with effort, focus, and determination, the team achieved excellence both on and off the field.
Initially, many fans doubted whether the Blue Knights Football team would even make it to the playoffs this year, but the players and the coaches always believed it was possible.
This was the last year for many of the players and, while they of course wanted to end the season with a big win, they came to realize that things don’t always work out the way you want them to.
There were tears shed after the last playoff game, which resulted in a 27 - 0 loss to West Morris and an end to their championship dreams.
“I think the players were disappointed that the season didn’t end up with a championship, but I don’t think they are disappointed in their effort. The coaches are certainly not disappointed in the players efforts,” said IHS Coach Pete Pascarella.
The players are taught to be critical of themselves, but not to let the negative words of others influence their playing. “I tell my players that the toughest critic in your life is you,” said football coach Garry Andrewshetsko.
Perseverance is defined as continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory, but in this case, perseverance is playing to the last second without anyone questioning how hard you played.
“We have a good group of kids who worked hard and came ready to work everyday. They are the best group of men I’ve coached in five years,” said Coach Andrewshetsko
The coaches are always working on building a better team, but they are also building confidence, so that the players can become disciplined young men. “We have to make sure our kids are disciplined off the field and on the field, so they can do well in the future,” said Coach Ronnie Kaymore.
“With the team playing the best they could this season, and doing as well as they did, they now must continue to work hard for what they want. Their future starts now,” continued Coach Kaymore.
“The future plan for the team is to keep working hard. As a coaching staff our job is to keep pushing our players to be excellent on and off the field,” said Coach Pete.
The plan for next football season is to win state championship. “The 2013 season started December 3, 2012. The school and the community deserve a state championship,” said Coach Andrewshetsko.
“As a program we try to get better every day,” said Coach Pete.
The improvement was very obvious this season and, while the season may not have ended the way everyone hoped, the future for Blue Knight football is bright.
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