The Lancers recently had a tough loss against one of their biggest rivals, University School. The Preppers looked to be in control from the start as their starting quarterback trotted down the sideline for a touchdown in only the second play from the line of scrimmage. The Lancers had a glimpse of hope when the offense pushed up to the red zone and fullback/linebacker and co-captain Mario Grk (’18) was able to squeeze in for the touchdown to make it only 14-6, Preppers at the half. The Preppers ended up winning the game 28-6.
Despite this recent loss, the players and coaches are optimistic. The team has started the first half of the season with a 4-2 record compared to last year’s 7-3 record, just missing a playoff spot. Being competitive and realistic, this year’s team hopes to pick up the momentum and bounce back from their two losses.
After the season opener against East Tech, Grk said, “Everyone plays an important role for us. Everyone did what they were supposed to. I try to do my best to make sure everyone’s giving their best effort possible and to lead by example.” The team won the game 26-6. As a captain, Grk reminded his teammates that in order to be successful, they must all play for each other and not for themselves.
The team’s second game was at Youngstown Valley Christian. Being down a few players due to injuries, the Lancers defeated the Eagles with a final score of 16-0. Coach Chris Kosiorek said, “We talk to our team all the time about being ready at any time. We are not looking for just one player to step up. We need our whole team on board and ready at any time. I think if you ask any athlete from GA, Hawken and University School are the two big rivals. Saying that, we expect our guys to prepare each week as if they are playing the best team in the state of Ohio regardless of record or name of school. If we do that, we can play with anyone.”
As players return for the Lancers such as starting kicker and punter Vinny Catanese (`19) and starting running back Jarret Fox (’18), the team was in full force, and proved it by beating Hawken with a score of 31-6. Cheerleader Lucia Cannata (`18) said, “The Hawken game had a great turnout, and everyone executed the theme of ‘College Game-Day’ very well!”
For the fourth game of the season, the Lancers then faced off against the Trojans of Trinity High School and beat them with a score of 34-0. This was not one of Gilmour’s rivalry games but they sure played like it was, as Mario Grk and Jack Krebs piled on the points.
The 4-0 season came to an end when Mogador High School proved just too much for the Lancers. “I felt that the Wildcats werefinding every way they could get an advantage,” said Grk.
While the Lancers may have lost their past two games, the team looks forward to the return of starting wide receiver CJ Charleston, some rest, and a hunger to win again. This Lancer football team will play its Homecoming game against the Garfield Heights Bulldogs at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. If the Lancers win their next four games, they have a significant chance to make the High School Division V playoffs.