LVHS football plays!
By Julie Alexander
Ten Loudoun Valley High School seniors got a chance to don their Viking jerseys one last time as they took to the football field last week, months after a traditional season would normally commence.
While the pandemic caused fall sports to be pushed to later in the school year, that did not deter the athletes at LVHS who have altered practices and found unique ways to train privately in anticipation of returning to the field one last time.
After missing out on their final Homecoming Dance and not knowing whether they will have a Senior Prom or traditional graduation ceremony, having a football season gives the seniors a chance to focus on some normalcy.
“Playing football has given me an outlet to be with friends and teammates, and we’re pumped up to play,” said Matthew Hessler, a senior and team captain.
The Valley football coaching staff has noticed the dedication of the seniors as well.
“The seniors have continued to put in work over this past year with so many unknowns,” Valley Football Head Coach David Bishop said. “They haven’t complained and kept grinding. I’m proud of them and their leadership. The seniors deserve this opportunity to play, and we are excited for them to compete again.”
The talent on the team does not end with the senior class. There are numerous underclassmen to carry on the traditions of the team. The Varsity starting lineup includes juniors Cam Miller, Blake Moore, Lance Weller, and Conner Van Tassel as well as sophomore Jake Slade.
After ending last year’s season with a 7-5 record and winning their first playoff game, fans expect a lot of excitement in this six-game season. This close-knit team has a lot of talent, with over half of the seniors preparing to continue their football careers in college. Team Captain Tommy Gaertner attributes the team’s success and camaraderie to, “developing relationships with everyone and making sure we’re on the same page. Eleven men on the field working for one goal is hard to beat.”
The season kicked off Feb. 23, with Loudoun Valley playing at Tuscarora High School. The next game was a home game against Independence High School on Feb. 28. All games will be broadcast live via the NFHS network. You can purchase a subscription at http://www.NFHSNetwork.com.