Despite strong finish, football team falls short of playoffs

For most of the senior members of the varsity football team, last Friday’s game was the last one they will ever play.

Although many had high hopes of making it to the playoffs this year, the team fell short of that goal, with a record of 5-4. The team found themselves working against a number of obstacles, including injuries to starting players and a very difficult season schedule.

Still, Head Coach Chris Myers isn’t disappointed.

“This in one of the best teams I’ve coached in the 14 years that I’ve been in Hamilton,” Myers said. “We had a very hard schedule this year, and I feel bad for them.”

Even though Hamilton wasn’t able to make the playoffs, they ended the season with a bang. In Friday’s game against Middleville, Hamilton took an early lead, and never let up. The final score was 35-14, giving Hamilton a winning record for the season.

“The team performed well,” Myers said of Friday’s game, “but they looked a little bored at times.”

While it wasn’t a perfect season, many people seemed pleased with the Hawkeyes’ performance this year.

“The team did well, and everybody got along,” senior fullback Reuben Salinas said. “The season ended well,” Salinas continued, “and that’s pretty much what I’ll remember about it.”

Senior Tyler Berens agrees with Salinas, but thinks that Hamilton could’ve done better at times.

“We could’ve beaten South Christian if we had been more focused,” Berens said, “and we didn’t have the fairytale ending.”

Both Salinas and Berens said that playing varsity football is a good experience, and encouraged others to do it. To remember their experience, both plan to purchase their jerseys from this year.

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