Inside the heads of the DO Golden Eagle football players

Team members prepare physically, mentally for championship game
By: Cassie Lahmann, Special to the Loomis News
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This year the Del Oro community has been especially privileged to have an incredibly hardworking football team that has taken us to the Section Championships. As you enjoy the three hours of an intense and exciting football game every weekend, have you ever thought about exactly how much work it takes to be a Del Oro Golden Eagle football player? The football players spend hundreds of grueling hours practicing in harsh weather conditions that can be anywhere from sweltering hot to freezing cold. The team has afternoon practice every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. There is also football class every morning for each of the players’ first period in school from 7 to 9:30 am. The players must also balance schoolwork and keep their grades up. “Sometimes it’s hard to do homework because I’m so exhausted after practice,” admits linebacker Blake Landry. “But it’s worth it in the end because we are making it to the Section Championships”. The Del Oro Golden Eagles are different from the average high school football team. “The team is like a big family and we never fight because there isn’t really any drama. Plus we work so hard that there isn’t even time to have drama. We’re all just friends,” said tight end Adrien Williams. Perhaps getting along is the secret behind the team’s great season “Really, our only fault is when we get overconfident, like when we lost to Woodcreek,” said defensive back Jake Day. Strong guard Travis Doupnik reflected on his favorite moment in high school football saying, “Beating St. Mary’s was the best moment for me. I think that winning while being the underdog team helped us become stronger and more confident. It made us realize that we can achieve anything we set our minds to. It will help us in defeating Rocklin”. The Eagles had a victorious weekend, defeating Folsom by one point in a nail-biting game for the ages. “Folsom High had the lead the entire game. But we never gave up. We made an unbelievable comeback in defeating them,” said defensive linemen Brandon Markin. This Friday at U.C. Davis, Del Oro is facing off for the second time this season to rival Rocklin High. Last time, Rocklin beat Del Oro 24-21. This time, the Golden Eagles have four more victories under their belts. “Defeating Rocklin will be hard but I think our team is now stronger then ever. Plus we’ve got more spirit and better fans,” said safety Kai Von. Del Oro English teacher Dylan Holcomb summed it up in a cheer, while pointing to the heart: “It’s all right here.”