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​Crete Cardinals competed against Pius X on Friday, October 16. After a tough fight, the Cards lost to Pius with 7-27 as the final score.

​Crete Cardinals competed against Pius X on Friday, October 16. After a tough fight, the Cards lost to Pius with 7-27 as the final score.

Yesenia Cabrera

Yesenia Cabrera

​Crete Cardinals competed against Pius X on Friday, October 16. After a tough fight, the Cards lost to Pius with 7-27 as the final score.

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Crete Cardinals Varsity Football team ended their season with a win over Norris with a score of 22-21 in double overtime. This was the a great end to the season, especially since the team didn’t make playoffs this year. Looking at the stats of a 3-6 record for this season, it would seem that this wasn’t a great year for Crete football. However, this year was a year of learning and developing new skills.

In previous years, the best players have been seniors who leave, and then the team starts from scratch to a point with only a few experienced players left. This year, the team only had a couple of seniors, and the rest were players were rookies that had to jump straight to varsity. This was one factor in the struggle the team went through this fall. Also, it’s not easy for the coaches to do their job if the team is lacking in dedication from the players. “I think that an area where we could get better in is in the weight room, we need to have more dedication,” Assistant Coach Jordan Cudney said. Crete boys have had to work harder than before, because of the disadvantage of being so young and inexperienced.

This year’s team had to not only overcome the disadvantage of players being so young, but also had to overcome criticism for not meeting the standards of years before. Instead of receiving support for their efforts, they have received criticism from people that were supposed to support them. “We just had to block it out, and keeping working hard,” Sophomore Jonah Weyand said.

Jonah is one of the players that stepped up their game to play on varsity. Not many players have stepped up like him. “Jonah has really helped out on varsity as only a sophomore,” Coach Cudney said. Players that have also stepped up their game this year are junior Ethan Sherman, junior Rhett Harms, and also senior Hunter Bradley. This year, seniors have had to lead the team with their head up high and have had to show the underclassmen that they need to push themselves to reach their goals. With reaching goals, they also had to remember to keep their focus and not to get side tracked by criticism they heard from others.

“We have had to remember that we are doing the work and they [people criticizing] are just sitting there watching us. They don’t know how much work it takes to play,” senior Ethan Bond said. Players were told by their coaches that they should keep working hard and not get affected by what others think. Players were urged to work as a team, and only worry about what their team thinks, since they will be playing together.

Many of the players are good friends in school, but outside of school they really don’t hang out. They are great friends at practices and have a lot of fun, but they can’t seem to find some time to hang outside of practice and school. “One of my best memories on the team this year are the weekly steak dinners. We have so much fun with each other,” Jonah said. Discussion of the team bond show some contradictory feelings. Some players say it’s great and some say they need to work on it.

Just like in any other sport, each year the playing schedule gets harder. This year the team saw one of their hardest schedules yet. “This year our schedule was filled up with great teams, and we were having to go against some of the best teams in the state,” Head Coach Reed Manstedt said. For the schedule they had, they played hard and did their best, which is all the coaches could ask for.

The future is bright for the Crete football team with both the junior varsity and freshmen teams having played good seasons. The freshman team has even won games, which hasn’t happened since their seventh-grade year. The highlight of the freshman season was beating Beatrice. “It was the best feeling, knowing that we had just beat Beatrice. It was one of my favorite memories of the season,” freshman Steven Vicente said. Coaches hope that the younger boys will put in a lot of hard work now that they’ve seen how much older boys have had to work.

Crete may have not had the most successful season in terms of wins, but the way they ended their season is what most will remember. After beating Norris in overtime, the team dogpiled on top of each other on the field, ending their season maybe not at state, but certainly happy, and most importantly, they ended as a team.

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