Story by Sarah Emily Rish, Trey Martin and Josh German
Noise from students and fans shook River Bluff Stadium as the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes took on the Greenwood Eagles Friday night.
The team has been preparing all summer, working hard on the field and in the weight room to avenge last season’s loss in the state title game.
“Practicing each day is the main factor to our success,” senior offensive lineman Kyle Olenchuk said. “Every day I go into practice thinking about getting back to state and winning another title, and that taste of victory helps to drive me to work hard and get better every day.”
The pressure is on for senior quarterback Cole Douglas, who takes over the job from former quarterback Tate Fant. His teammates are confident that he will lead them to a victorious season.
“We have faith in Cole and we believe he’ll come through for us,” sophomore offensive lineman Blake Harris said.
The amount of pressure that Douglas is under does not intimidate him. He uses it as a positive influence.
“There is definitely some pressure, but that is not unexpected,” Cole Douglas said. “Mostly the coaches push me to be great, but I know it’s in my best interest in order to accomplish the goals we’ve set.”
For the underclassmen on the team, the senior players assist them in any way that they can.
“In practice it’s up to them[the seniors] to look out for the younger guys,” junior offensive lineman Jacob Phillips said.
The team practices after school every day, knowing it will help them in the long run.
“Practicing every day gets you ready physically and mentally,” Jacob said.
Although the Silver Foxes took a loss to Greenwood, Olenchuk remains hopeful for the remainder of the season.
“My goals this season are to play better as a team as the season progresses and be playing our best football going into the playoffs and make another run for a state title,” Kyle said.
Underclassmen also agree that going to the State Championship is the ultimate goal for the Dutch Fork Varsity Football players. The loss to Greenwood on Friday will not deter them from this aspiration.
“Our goal is to make it to state,” Blake said. “But we’ve got to take it one game at a time.”