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OP SOFTBALL 2016 STATE CHAMPS 

 

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Cedar Run District Champs. pic.twitter.com/8T8RRX58mX

12:58 AM - 17 Feb 18

Congrats to @OPtrackandfield girls taking 2nd place as a team in the 6A Northern Region Indoor Championship yesterd… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

3:26 AM - 16 Feb 18

Your Girls Basketball team plays tomorrow (Friday) in the Cedar Run District tournament Finals vs @PatriotPioneerstwitter.com/i/web/status/9…

3:23 AM - 16 Feb 18

Congrats to @Zam1R_1 and @AhdonisT for being selected 2nd team All Cedar Run District.

3:21 AM - 16 Feb 18

Boys Varsity Tennis

1 month ago

There will be an interest meeting on February 8th at 2:30 PM in room 1048 for anyone interested in playing tennis this spring. Please have your physicals ready to be turned in on this date, as we...

OPTF WILL CELEBRATE PICTURE DAY ON TUESDAY 11.28.2017. WEAR YOUR BLUE HOODIE, BLUE PULL-OVER, OR BLUE WIND JACKET OVER BLACK TIGHTS OR BLACK WARM-UP PANTS. I HAVE EXTRA PICTURE FORMS.&n...

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Varsity Football

3 months ago

The OP Varsity and JV Football Banquet will be Thursday November 16th at 6 PM in the 1st Floor Cafeteria.  Players and parents from the Varsity and JV Team are invited to attend.  All f...

By Dan Evans   On 11/13/2017
Varsity Football

3 months ago

After a tough loss on the road versus Patriot last week, Osbourn Park looked to finish things strong at home on senior night versus crosstown rival Osbourn. They were successful, winning 28-14 due to a stout defensive effort supplemented by a strong running game. Things got off to a positive start when Osbourn Park held strong on their first defensive effort and forced a turnover on downs. They would not be able to take advantage of it, and ended up turning it right back over on downs themselves. Senior captains Jackson Westhoff, David Agyei, Jack Parsons and Connor Mackert in their final walk to midfield. (photo via Brian Westhoff) The defense would stay hot, led by senior cornerback David Agyei. Agyei would finish with 11 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack and 1 interception. They forced a second straight turnover on downs. “That game meant a lot to me as it was my last high school game. I wanted to leave everything on that field with no regrets. After losing to Osbourn in all of my years in the season-ending game by close margins, I wanted to walk away beating them,” said Agyei. On their very first play of their next drive, OP would strike when senior running back Noah Hamilton ripped off a 58 yard touchdown run. The Yellow Jackets would take a 7-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter. Senior kicker Brandon Medellin was solid with his extra points all night, but struggled on kickoffs. His next kickoff led to a huge return by Jacory Hall, but Medellin was able to save the day with a tackle of his own at the 34 yard line of Osbourn Park. It would only delay the inevitable, however, as Osbourn senior running back Paris Perrin would cap off an 8 play drive with a rushing score of his own to tie the game up with 5:14 left in the first quarter. Neither team would be able to mount a strong offensive attack, with multiple three and outs for each team. OP would eventually turn the ball over on fourth down, but Osbourn would give it right back with a fumble that would be recovered by junior defensive lineman Luke Nitowski. Nitowski would finish the night with 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass deflection and the fumble recovery. “My goal was to get a sack and I ended up with 2, a fumble recovery and a deflected pass. I was happy with my performance. I did it for the seniors,” Nitowski told me. OP’s next drive would see them turn it over on downs once again, as sophomore quarterback Aaron Washington’s pass was just out of the reach of Noah Hamilton in the endzone. Hamilton would tear off a really special run on OP’s next drive, going across the field and cutting back to pick up 24 yards. He’d finish the night with 18 rushes for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’d also add in 2 catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, and 5 tackles on defense Senior Noah Hamilton had a career day offensively in his final game for OP. (photo via Brian Westhoff) “I wasn’t starting on the offense at first, but when Smoot and Barnett got hurt- they moved me to offense more. I started making plays. When I started scoring and getting a lot of yards, I felt really important. They gave me the ball, so I felt I had to lead us to a win and make plays. Making those big plays brought the team happiness. I did get fatigued, but coaches gave me a break at times,” Hamilton said. A beautiful 23 yard catch by senior wide receiver Connor Brown off of a Washington scramble to extend the play brought OP to the Osbourn 8 yard line. Senior receiver Ahdonis Turay would snag a touchdown soon after, but it was called back due to a flag. An 8 yard pass from Washington to Hamilton would put them back in front, 14-7 and cap off an 11 play, 90 yard drive with 5:23 to go in the half. OP would force another Osbourn punt, and move the ball downfield. A sensational catch by senior receiver Jackson Westhoff was called back because of a flag. They would be forced to punt it away, but Turay intercepted a tipped pass and ran it back to the Osbourn 23 yard line. Hamilton would catch a tipped ball of his own for 20 yards, and Washington would finish it off with a 2 yard rush as OP took a 21-7 lead with a second to go in the first half. Head coach Dan Evans embraces senior linebacker Connor Mackert after the win. (photo via Brian Westhoff) The Yellow Jackets were in prime position to add to their lead, but a miscommunication on Osbourn’s kick to open the second half led to an Eagles’ recovery at the OP 26 yard line. The Eagles would use a frantic pace and a no huddle offense in order for Chance Hollingsworth to sneak in for a TD with 10:25 left in the 3 rd quarter. Osbourn would trail, 21-14. The next drive would see OP suffer a huge blow, as Washington went down and didn’t come back. It was later revealed he had a chipped rib. This was an even bigger deal as sophomore quarterback Jack Braley was already out with a concussion, leaving the Yellow Jackets without an official signal caller. They would use a wildcat offense the rest of the game which saw Agyei, Turay, Hamilton and running back Chris Martin take snaps. “My coach was hurt that I couldn’t come back in, especially with Jack out. The trainer said I couldn’t go back in. I went to the hospital right after I was injured, so I did not get to see them win. It’s great they won the game without me. I feel really good they stayed composed,” Washington told me. Senior Jack Parsons and Fred Reid celebrate the win and final game for the senior linebacker/tight end. (photo via Brian Westhoff) Special teams coach Patrick DeRosa was concerned as well. “After the first half, though, I could feel the momentum going to their side after they recovered the kickoff and scored. Then we lost our quarterback and started to stall on offense. But from that point on it was a total team effort. Individuals started to step up and swing the momentum back our way. Seeing the boys fight back and continuing playing tough is what we've asked from them all season.” “Once Aaron went down, I was worried about him first then I realized we didn’t have a QB since Jack was hurt. Coach asked me if I think I could go to QB and run the plays and I said yes. It was a mindrush but I had to do whatever I could to help the team. I made a mistake on a handoff that i beat myself up about but I had to move on. I had a couple of carries and I give kudos to all my lineman for giving me paths to get some yards,” said Agyei. Senior Jackson Westhoff and head coach Dan Evans share a moment after the big win against all odds. (photo via Brian Westhoff) The two teams would go back and forth on the next few possessions with turnover-on-downs and three-and-outs. The final score of the game came with 8:08 in the fourth quarter after Hamilton broke off a 77 yard rush to push the lead to 28-14. David Agyei’s interception in the waning minutes sealed the game for OP. “It meant a lot that my last play was an interception- such a great way to end it,” he told me. Senior captain Jackson Westhoff reflected on the game, the season and his time under head coach Dan Evans. “We just truly fought for all four quarters. We came out and cut them first which gave us optimism and hope throughout the game. Cutting them first is Coach Evans’ analogy to a boxer literally cutting his opponent first and making them see that they can be beat.  It was so amazing playing the last two games with my brother as well. I’m excited to see what he has in store. And honestly the last few years playing for Coach Evans were some of the best of my life and definitely the best years of my life football-wise. I’ve just learned so much whether it be through my faith in God, my leadership abilities, learning lifting techniques, or simply learning so much on the football field on O and D. He’s taught me a ton and I’m very thankful.” Sophomore Connor Westhoff had 3 pass breakups and 3 tackles versus Osbourn. (photo via Brian Westhoff) Westhoff’s brother- sophomore cornerback Connor- battled a shoulder injury all season but finished the game with 3 tackles and 3 pass breakups, and one almost interception if not for the unfortunate flag. “I was really upset when I found out I fractured my shoulder because I instantly knew I would be out for a while. But I kept working my shoulder at physical therapy and the doctor finally cleared me. I was so happy that I was able to play at least a few games this year. I was so glad that one of those games was a win. And then when my coach told me I was going to be starting at CB, I was nervous and excited at the same time. I don’t have a secret for covering. I guess it just takes practice and you have to believe in your ability at the position,” said Connor. Wide receivers coach Fred Reid was incredibly proud of his players and fellow coaches. “I couldn't have been happier for those seniors for that team to send them out the right way with a big win.” Usually the second string players get more time at the end of games, but on senior night, DeRosa had other ideas. “After David made a big interception to seal the game, Coach Lancaster was putting subs in, but I asked him to put David, Gavin, Will, Ahdonis, Jack, Jackson, Connor, Noah, Nate, and Michael in for the last play of the game. They were the seniors who started with OP football as freshmen three years ago. I was a volunteer coach with the freshmen team three seasons ago and it was special to see that group of boys play so well on their senior night.” You couldn’t find anyone more excited for the team as a whole than head coach Dan Evans. “To say I'm proud of a group of young men is an understatement. Despite numerous injuries and setbacks this group just persevered. By the third play of the second half, all of our quarterbacks were hurt. We still gutted it out and won our final home game. The three wins at home this year were the most home wins at OP since 2009. I will miss our seniors more than words can describe. They sowed seeds of hard work for years that final came up. They not only became good players but also good students and men. I loved seeing our students run out on the field one more time for these kids. They played there guts out and left OP with a bright future.” There’s no better feeling than winning at home, especially in the last game of the season and final game for the seniors here at Osbourn Park. It’s been a fun ride all year, and to see the hard work, grit and progression by these kids is something people will talk about for years to come. Congratulations, Osbourn Park (3-7) on one of your most memorable seasons in quite some time. Game Notes: - Aaron Washington finished the night 6-12 for 70 yards with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. - Ahdonis Turay had 5 carries for 49 yards and one catch for 9 yards. - The team finished with 342 rushing yards. - Osbourn won the first down battle, 13-12. - OP finished 3-13 on 3rd down. Osbourn was 4-14. -Both teams struggled on 4th down: OP (1-6) Osbourn (1-7). - OP's defense forced 9 turnovers ( 6 T.O.D., 2 INT and 1 FR) -Osbourn had 7 flags for 55 yards to OP's 11 for 87 yards.   For more on Osbourn Park football, follow them at @OPHSfootball ...

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By Sean OBrien   On 11/7/2017
Varsity Gymnastics

3 months ago

Varsity Gymnastics Team Tryouts will be held the week of 11/6/2017 at Apollo Gymnastics on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 2:30-4:30.    Buses will leave OPHS at 2:10 pm.  There is ...

By Helen Reading   On 11/1/2017

Indoor Track 2017-2018:              Season start-up information, dates, and other important stuff 1.  Team Meeting #1: ...

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Varsity Football

3 months ago

Senior Ahdonis Turay is a player of many talents: receiver, kick returner and defensive back. This season has seen him return kicks all the way five times for scores. His ability to find the hole and accelerate gives OP a chance to score at any given moment. As a defensive back, his speed makes it difficult for opposing players to get behind him. I recently sat down with him to discuss his season and his future in not only athletics but academics as well.   What was your earliest memory of football? Ahdonis Turay : When I lived in Woodbridge and played in the Dale City Sports Club for my uncle. My first year I wasn’t that good, but the second year I played well as a running back. I was about seven years old.   What about your earliest memory of watching football? AT : I was eight years old. I was a Redskins fan from the beginning. I remember watching Hightower and Sean Taylor. I liked how he played safety.   What was your biggest moment playing football? AT : Winning a championship at Dale City in back-to-back years. I won MVP as an offensive player at eight years old.   What dreams did you have first starting out? AT: I was at first more dominant towards football, but as the years progressed I became more into basketball. I didn’t fall in love with football again until high school.   What does it mean to be part of the senior class at school? AT: It feels weird. You don’t want to grow up, but you don’t want to stay young.   What are your favorite classes? AT : I enjoy AP Psych and how the brain works. I’ve always been into science. I like the classes with labs.   Least favorite class? AT : I hate math with a passion.   Where are you looking to go to school and what do you want to study? AT: I’m looking to go to Catholic University and study in their mechanical engineering program. I am also considering VCU and GMU as secondary options. With that degree I’d want to work for Lockheed and Martin, or Google.   What have your goals as a senior been? AT : At first I didn’t have any since I didn’t play my junior year. I didn’t know how I’d do this year. But as I started playing, I realized I could do something with this. My goals expanded to improving the team, being an All-State returner. I also look to get First Team All-Conference. But primarily I want to make the team better over anything else.   Why did you not play your junior year? AT : I was focusing more on basketball. It’s been big for me, and it was good for me. I got an honorable mention in conference play. I am playing this year as well.   Would you prefer to play basketball or football in college? AT : Football. I think I have a better chance at it based off of my season. I’d still consider playing basketball if the offer were right, but primarily football.   Do you feel as a senior you take on a leadership role? AT : I’m not a captain or direct leader, but I feel like an indirect leader. If players want to come to me for advice or anything, I’m there for them.   You have 5 return touchdowns this year. What’s that feel like? Walk us through that experience. AT : Well at first I didn’t think much about it. I just wanted to get something out of nothing. But as time went on, I realized our team really looked for me to score on returns. It’s a huge adrenaline rush and I like it.   How do you find the hole so well? AT : I follow my blockers who form a wall and it’s very helpful. Instead of running blind, they guide me to where I need to go.   Is there anything you do to increase your speed? AT : In practice I focus on catching the ball and accelerating. I work on my legs in the weight room. I don’t work with any specialists or anything.   Outside of football, what are your favorite hobbies/activities? AT : I really enjoy NBA 2K. I like watching The Walking Dead, but mostly sports. I don’t even watch movies.   What are your thoughts on your final two games versus Patriot and Osbourn? AT : It hasn’t hit me yet that I’m a senior. It will eventually hit me. I just want to win these two games and end up 4-6.   Will the practice efforts be more intense the final week of the season? AT : We practice hard every week, but our attention span will be very acute and focused that week.   You play both sides of the ball. What do you think about that? AT : Honestly, I feel like I’m not that good at defense, but the coaches say that I have a good view/read of the field. Defense is not hard for me but I had never played it much. But I’ve come to like it more, and try to improve my tackling. During the game I can get very tired but I keep going no matter what.   Anthony Smoot is one of the offense’s most dynamic weapons. What were your thoughts when you saw him go down? AT : I was hoping he was ok. It happened so fast. Knowing Smoot, he was playing hard as he always does and I respect it.   Who are your role models? AT : My mom and dad have always been there for me and put in a lot of work, effort and time for me. My coaches because without them I wouldn’t be playing football or getting the interest from schools that I am receiving.   What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned from the coaches? AT: Remain humble. It’s where you’re from, not where you’re at.   Favorite snack? AT : Scooby Snacks.   Favorite athlete? AT : Odell Beckham for football. DeAngelo Russell in basketball.   Where can people find you on Twitter? AT : @AhdonisT ...

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By Sean OBrien   On 10/26/2017
Varsity Football

3 months ago

Earliest memory of football? David: The one game I remember was a Giants/Redskins game. I would go outside and try to mimic things with my brother. I wanted to play for the Redskins. Jackson: I was 4 or 5 and my parents took me to my first Redskins game and I got to meet Sean Taylor and Clinton Portis. Connor: When I was 4 or 5, my family would watch the Ravens games. The intensity, everyone screaming- it’s awesome.  I liked Ray Lewis a lot. Joe Flacco has lost his luster these days, though. They seem to be rebuilding. Jack: The Super Bowl between the Steelers and Cardinals. It was one of the greatest of all time. I wanted to play football soon after and be in the NFL one day. These days, I think it would be cool to play college football somewhere.   When did you begin playing football? David: I never played in a league when I was younger, but I first played at first in middle school for Parkside. Jack: I started when I was nine years old playing tackle football. Connor : I was 9 or 10. I saw everything on TV and wanted to do it, so I played for the MPYFL. I wanted to play defense primarily. I get real intense before games, and have a nose for the ball which helps me make a lot of tackles. Jackson: Tackle, I was in fifth grade. But for flag, I played it in second grade. I wanted to pay in college and the NFL.   When they told you that you were a captain, what did it mean to you? Jackson: That meant a ton to me. I strive to be the best I can . Whether through actions or words, I want to be a positive example for others. It was a huge honor. There is a bit of pressure because every move is watched- you can’t mess up. When Smoot went down, I pulled everyone together to say a prayer as a team. We got together and knew we had to get the win for him. He’d scored two touchdowns and we knew we had to pick up the slack. Tobias : I just needed to keep doing what I do and what’s best for the team. I feel no pressure. I just think that it’s me. That’s just who I am. Connor : It’s a big responsibility. Leading the team, everyone looks up to you. I’m up to the challenge. It’s different. There was pressure at first but now it’s just a role. Just do it. David : It meant a lot to me to be able to lead a team. To be a figure to the younger players and do it alongside Jack, Jackson, Tobias and Connor means so much. The coaches saw something in me and that gives me confidence. Jack: It means a lot to be looked at as a leader, and that much more motivation to play even harder.   What has the coaching staff at OP taught you? David:  I have learned a lot. They have had a lot of composure, and I am grateful that they have stuck with us with all we have been through these last few years. Tobias: That as a captain, we have a responsibility and we decide which way the team progresses as a whole. Attitude comes in a lot because it sets the tone for the team. Jack: Don’t give up. Persistence is key. If you want something, you’ll have to work at it. Don’t let negative experiences change you. Our motto is “FIGHT” this season. In practice we have the mentality that we won’t let down. If we are down or if we are up, we’ll fight for all 48 minutes. Connor: They have taught us a lot of life lessons. You have to get back up when you get knocked down, keep fighting through adversity and eventually things will go your way. We have had guys go down, but it’s always next man up. It was tough to see Smoot get hurt, but we always continue to fight. Jackson : Ever since I was on varsity, I have had Coach Evans. Defensive wise, Coach Reid. Not just with positions, but life lessons. Every Thursday we watch an inspirational movie like Rocky III or We Are Marshall. Those are my favorites. He gives us inspirational talks and it gets us really pumped.   What are some of your favorite hobbies? Jack : Golf, Madden, customizing shoes. I might make it into a side gig in the future. Jackson and I used to be big into it a few years back. We called it East Coast Customs. You need paints, a heat gun, different adhesives, acetone, etc. Outside of football and school, we hang out a lot. We go to the movies, bowling, backyard football- we are around each other a lot outside of school. Connor: I like hiking. I like hanging out with my friends, going out to eat at I-Hop, swimming, going to the gym and staying active in general. David: I like to stay active- hang out with friends. Go outside, play basketball and football. Jackson: I like video games- racing ones a lot. I love sneakers I collect and work on. When you detail shoes, you have to be different and stand out to get people’s attention- not what everyone else is doing. We bond a lot outside of football. Back in February, the team went to Uptown Alley and did bowling then “coaches versus players” laser tag. I feel I’m the best bowler (laughs). Smoot is really good, and tries to tell us he bowls professionally.   The team's rallying cry this season has been "fight". (photo via Brian Westhoff)   What are some of your goals for the season? David: I wanted to have a strong year and help change the program a little bit and get some exposure. For the team, was to have a winning record, win the homecoming game, the district and a championship. As of now, we are playing for pride. I want to play at the next level. Tobias : I have had high hopes for the team as a whole. We just want to win and finish strongly. Individually, keep pushing the team and getting better at my position and as a leader. Connor: We just wanted to get a win, and keep the train rolling. We have two more games and I think they are very winnable. Patriot is a challenge but they are beatable. Osbourn is an excellent opportunity to finish off the season strong. Jackson : I want us to win the final two games and get my first touchdown in tackle football. I haven’t had one on either side of the ball before. I don’t want to play in the NFL anymore. Jack and I did a project on CTE last year and woke me up to certain things. I want to open up my own business I have different ideas.   Favorite memory of this season? Connor: Watching those final seconds tick off our first win in two seasons was unbelievable. I was on the ground and the feeling meant so much. So much time and effort in the offseason- it was the best feeling ever. Myself, Jackson and Jack are a handful of guys who have been a part of all 3 wins. My performance in the Herndon game sticks out, and when I had the TFL for -2, it was my best play this year. David: It meant a lot to be a part of all three wins. Beating Stonewall that feeling and everyone cheering us on Monday at school. When I recovered the fumble versus Herndon, and when I intercepted Gar-Field before the half. It felt really good and they were in the redzone and it stopped them. It was a huge relief. Jackson : The two wins we’ve had I’ll always remember, and the feeling it gave me.   What are your academic goals? David: I just want an opportunity to play, and study kinesiology. I want to either be a trainer, so sports marketing- there’s a multitude of things I want to do. Physical therapy, sports medicine. Tobias : Academically I want to keep striving keep my grades up. Tech, VCU. If I get a scholarship that would be fantastic but I mainly want to focus on academics. I want to study biology pre-med. I enjoy science, how the body works and medicine. Jack : I want to go to JMU or Christopher Newport. JMU more for education. I’ve been talking to the coaches at CNU. In terms of a degree, I would want to study computer engineering. A lot of jobs are opening up in that field, and I think it’s a good skill to have to stand out. Connor : Virginia Tech to study engineering. Or JMU, UVA or CNU. I want to go into an engineering firm and study mechanical engineering, work my way up and make lots of money. I might do club sports at school but not as a full-time athlete. Jackson : I want to go to Virginia Tech or JMU, and get a degree in business so I can put all my ideas into action.   Who are your role models? Tobias: My parents, and also Ray Lewis and Malcolm X. Jack: My parents have influenced me a lot and I look up to them. Connor : My dad, he just taught me to fight through things and taught me a lot of lessons and a lot about football. David: My parents because of how they raised me to be the person I am and how that translates to the person I am on the field. Jackson: My parents and my grandparents have all taught me so much about life in general.   Favorite Snack? Tobias: Healthy- peanut butter Cliff bars. Unhealthy, Reese’s Cups. Connor: Dorito’s. Jack: Fruit snacks. David: I like everything. (laughs) Jackson : Oreos have always been my favorite. My grandmother mails me a package every time. I love the mint ones.   Favorite television show/movie? Tobias: Dragonball Z and Star Wars (the original). David: Empire. I like the storylines and it’s very dramatic. Connor: South Park. It’s funny- and Friday the 13 th . Jackson : Sports, no favorite shows. I like Forrest Gump- it’s a classic.   Favorite class? Connor: Physics and math- I like how challenging they are. I don't like Spanish. I don’t get it. It’s hard. Jack: History and Science. I like to see how people reacted to things and how it could be implemented in the present day. I don't like math. My brain doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t appeal to me. Jackson : I love my entrepreneurship class and English. I want to use my ideas and put them into action. I love writing, and I get it from my mom. I get the entrepreneurship from my dad. He has taught me different business skills like writing business plans and other leadership skills. I don’t like hard math, like AP Statistics.   Favorite NFL team? Tobias: Dallas Cowboys. Jack: The Steelers. Connor: The Ravens. David : The Redskins. Jackson : the Redskins.   Favorite Athlete? Jackson: Josh Norman and Kirk Cousins. I like how Cousins leads the team and Norman is so intense. I try and replicate that on the field. Jack: Troy Polamalu. Right now, Ryan Shazier. He seems like a different kind of linebacker. Connor: Jimmy Smith (cornerback) and Kyle Juszczyk (fullback) on the Ravens. David: DJ Swearinger, Larry Fitzgerald and Earl Thomas. Tobias: Troy Aikman. I’m a diehard fan. I started with the Romo era, but got into the history of them and really enjoy his game.   What are you expecting in your final two games versus Patriot and Osbourn? Tobias: I expect us to finish strong, that is our number one goal. It’s starting to hit me now, but it will hit me even harder as we approach the games. Jack : It’s kind of weird. Trying not to think of it too much. I’m going to give it as much as I have, and I want it to turn out well. In the end, it will all be fun. David: It’s been hitting me for a while. These are our last two promised games. When I think about it I get sad- but I’m ready to leave it all on the field. Jackson : Right before Battlefield, it began to hit me. With us losing by only 3 to Osbourn, we are hungrier than ever to beat them when we play them. Connor : Patriot will be a challenge for sure, but they can be beaten. We just need to play smart and for all four quarters. Osbourn at home will be our last game, and we just look to finish with two wins. It has begun to hit me and I’m sure it will hit me even harder once the season is over.   What is the transition like between playing offense and defense, and which do you prefer? Tobias: I’m primarily on offense in games, but in practice I enjoy defense because there’s more freedom. Having a whole lot of responsibilities on the line. Just knowing you are the center of everything and you start everything. Snapping, blocking, and driving the offense. When I started, timing was difficult- but now it comes differently. The offseason 7-on-7 drills helped a lot. David : Keeping up the energy so you can breathe and push through on both sides of the ball can be tough, especially when you have to play special teams- but as a captain I set an example and can’t make any excuses. Jack : I prefer playing linebacker. I feel like I am better at it. You need to stay in shape and go both ways on the field. You need to be able to keep that energy. Jackson : I love playing both sides. The only thing I have difficulty with is the tiredness in the fourth quarter. You really have to give it your all, especially in tight games. Connor : I prefer defense, always have with all the energy and intensity I bring. It is more natural for me.     Where can we find you guys on Twitter? Tobias: @TheBigBias ...

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By Sean OBrien   On 10/23/2017
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