Despite two initial losses and a scoreless scrimmage at the Jamboree opener, the St. Paul’s Football Wolves are ready to bounce back and foresee a phenomenal season.
“These young men are capable of many great things,” noted Ken Sears, Head Football Coach. At the start of their season, the Wolves were ranked second in the Metro area and fifth in the state of Louisiana with tough district competition, according to Sears.
Many experienced players graduated in 2012, but this has not worried Sears. He, like most people in the SPS community, firmly believes the Wolves will perform greatly in the upcoming season.
The Fountainebleau Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 24, was a “good test” according to Sears, but the team tied 0-0 to Archbishop Rummel High School. This tie may have been due to the exceptionally wet field caused by prior rain showers or from simply evenly matched abilities. As always, there is room for improvement, Sears noted.
Sears considers each of the Wolves’ opposing teams as the “most challenging,” noting that the Wolves should never underestimate anyone that they are competing with.
According to Sears, it is “too early to tell yet” if there are any standout players that will make noteworthy plays. He has great expectations for the entire team this season, as does the majority of the school community.
The SPS Football Wolves’ first game was expected to be on Friday, Aug. 31, against Edna Karr High School, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac. This did not phase the Wolves, though, who quickly turned around to play a replacement game against John Curtis on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Wolves were, however, defeated 26-7.
The Wolves then traveled to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans for an exhibition match against Lincoln High School from Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 7. The highly decorated Trojans narrowly beat the Wolves 14-13.
The Wolves return to their home field this Friday to battle McDonogh 35 High School, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Quite a turnout is expected to this and all home games hosted in Hunter Stadium, Sears says. During the past few school weeks, game day shirts have been on sale, which are allowed to be worn on football game days to boost school spirit.
“It’s important for students to fan up for games because the more fans and craziness the players see in the stands, the more driven they are to play an awesome game,” encouraged sophomore Logan Lendrop, football fan.