Following a rocky start, Red Mountain’s Varsity Football team has made a comeback just in time for the 2017–18 season under the Friday night lights at 7 p.m. Whether the games be home or away, the varsity football team dedicates its time for school representation and athletic participation on campus.
“I love the fact that it is a team game and that every kid plays an important role in the sport,” senior and punter Riley Pagel said. “We did lose some seniors last year, but we have a lot of new guys who will bring us some wins this season.”
As a Division 6A team, the varsity football players train relentlessly each day to ensure the plays they perform during practices are exercised perfectly on the field. From summer camp to practice every day after school, these members commit to athletics and to building the reputation of sports on campus. With a state rank of 15, the players themselves take pride in the team as well as the coaches.
“In the end, there’s only one team that’s going to be the state champions, so that is always our goal,” Varsity Coach Peterson said. “No matter what happens, we are teaching these kids to be good teammates and good citizens, and one day, good fathers and husbands. There are bigger goals in mind for these kids.”
Seeing as Coach Peterson instructs football for both his first and sixth hour, the commitment and dedication is evident. These players not only practice and discuss team matters outside of school, but during school hours as well. They eat, sleep and breathe this hands-on, competitive sport.
“You know, it’s just a great group of players and a great group of kids that are working hard to get better,” Associate Head Coach DeMassa said. “We are going for the whole nine yards.”
To learn more about the Red Mountain Varsity Football team, contact Head Coach Peterson or Varsity Offensive Line Coach and Associate Head Coach DeMassa on the football athletics website at https://www.redmountainfootball.com.
(Featured Photo By Ms. Saquella)