Preview: Spartans face off against the Warriors


Hannah Johnson

From left to right, senior Andrew Thao, junior Luke Bishop, junior Mychal Morris, sophomore Charlie Ward, Mounds Park Academy junior Billy LeMire, Mounds Park Academy senior Brendan Boyle, and senior Sam Carlson head out onto the field at the start of a game against Spectrum High School on Aug. 30, which the team won 25-22. “I’m extremely confident in our ability to come out and shut down the West Lutheran offense,” senior captain Nick Hoffmann said.

The Varsity Boys Academy Football team hopes to break a bad streak by beating the West Lutheran Warriors in this year’s homecoming game. The team, with a history of small numbers and losing records, has been working hard to make a change in the program. “I think we are going to be improved,” junior linebacker Louis Bogolub said. “We put more work in this summer than we have in twenty years.”

“We are going to be flying right out of the gate and we are not going to slow down at any point of the game, which is an attitude we have developed through the dedication of the players in the off-season,” senior captain Nick Hoffmann said. This work included captains practices and weightlifting sessions, which helped the team become close on and off the field and motivated the team for a successful season.

Hoffmann continued, explaining that the team is focused on using their strengths to defeat West Lutheran. “I’m extremely confident in our ability to come out and shut down the West Lutheran offense,” he said. “Then it is up to one of the most solid offensive groups I have seen at SPA in a long time, to step up and put together some quality drives down field.”

Bogolub agrees. “I do think we can win, we have a very strong running game, we have an improved defense, also our passing is good,” he said.

Most importantly, the team is mentally prepared for winning the first homecoming game in nine years. “We all have the same thought going through our heads the week of homecoming, and that is that we will refuse to lose,” Hoffmann said.