Lakeside Football: New Year, New Team


Going back to school means homework, tests, and quizzes, but it also signals the start of something much more enjoyable, football season. While Lakeside’s team has struggled with competing in recent years, a new class of players and coaches look to help pull Lakeside out of its 22 year playoff drought and re-establish the winning culture of Lakeside’s past.

Since his hiring, head coach Zach Edwards has made drastic changes to the way the team operates. They have installed a new offense, defense, and special team on top of the hiring of six additional assistant coaches. “We hire coaches to fit our players,” said Edwards, “everything we do is very detail oriented.” This year also marks the first year of what Edwards calls a “football period.” Every football player is now placed in coach Edwards’s fourth period class where they lift weights, watch film, and meet as a team. This allows for more flexibility in the mornings to work on other aspects of training other than lifting.

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Friday Night Fever: Students show their school spirit by cheering and make noise by slapping pool noodles against the wall. “I love the atmosphere of football season,” said Senior Jordan Bell, “nothing beats

the hype of the mosh pit and the drum line.”

photo by: Mark Rotolo

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Heads or Tails: Captains Josh White, Thomas Steele, Kirsci Vincent, and Vincent Perez walk out for the opening coin toss with honorary captain and 2018 teacher of the year Matthew Shiloh.

photo by: Mark Rotolo

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With the implementation of these changes, Edwards aims to bring in a new culture to Lakeside Football. This season, the team practices three days a week in pads at full contact, they watch film every morning and afternoon for at least an hour, and Edwards requires that each player watch at least two hours of film on their own or else they can’t play in their games. “Confidence comes from preparation and if we are prepared, there’s no reason we shouldn’t go into a game confident and we should be able to know what they’re doing before they do it,” said Edwards. In an attempt to promote leadership and accountability, Edwards has put several new programs in place. On top of a leadership council, the team has implemented what they call the “being a man” program (BAM) where players learn non-football related etiquette like proper handshakes and tying ties. “It’s either you buy in or you aren’t apart of this team at all,” said senior Captain Josh White.

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