Overcoming Injuries, Still Undefeated
Head Coach John Cassellius says the Winhawks have been battling some key players getting injured throughout the season but that has not stopped them from becoming undefeated on the season going into the last regular season game on Wednesday.
“The young guy who is backing up the senior who will be out for awhile has to be ready to play and step up,” says Cassellius. “And they have all year long.”
To senior wide reciever Daktoa Matthees, it means a lot those younger players are ready to step up and fill in those shoes whenever called upon, especially since he remembers what it was like to be in their shoes.
“It was nerve wrecking. I remember as a sophomore losing the JV game and then being pulled up to play the Varsity game, which we ended up winning, but I was still mad about the JV game,” says Matthees. “It was one of the most nerve wrecking things because I was just excited and didn’t think I was actually going to play.”
As the years went on, Matthees got used to that varsity spot and doesn’t believe his final year of football is almost over.
Cassellius and Matthees are both excited to see how the team grows in the off-season hopefully leading to playing at US Bank Stadium once again.
Since the younger athletes have had to step into the elder’s shoes sooner than expected, their season for next year is looking good according to Cassellius.