SEASON RECAP B Y TAF T GAN T T ’20
Donovan Baker’s fourth rushing touchdownhalfway through the fourth quarter had finallysealed it. After four consecutive losses by sevenpoints or fewer, the Tigers had finally found theirfirst victory — defeating Trinity Episcopal 38–28— in what would end up being a 2–7 campaign.
“As coaches, we were so impressed with the
way our guys kept such great attitudes in practice
and kept working hard to improve,” Head Coach
Scott Braswell said. “The players inspired me
with their work ethic and sense of pride. We
had several tough losses on the last play of some
games, but the spirit of the team never broke.”
The Tigers hoped to avenge the three home
losses that started the season on the road against
Landon. The defense shut down the Bears and
forced overtime with the game tied at six apiece.
But Landon stopped the Tigers two yards from
the end zone on fourth and goal to win 13–6. The
very next week, Woodberry suffered another
heartbreaking loss at Collegiate, 35–28, this time
SEASON RECAP BY COACH BEN HALE
This team’s accomplishments didn’t comecheap. These guys have been devoted. It’s beena seven-day-a-week job: Sunday rehab sessions,Monday workouts, Tuesday miles, Wednesdayworkouts, Thursday yoga, Friday pre-meetworkouts, and Saturday races followed by icebaths. We have done lots of squats and pushups,sprinted up a lot of steep hills, drilled paces,and obsessed about form. It has required notjust sweat and pain but patience, focus, anddiscipline. When you improve at this sport, youhave done something.
I am humbled and inspired by the boys’ effortsand grateful for this time with them. Theyhave taught me that vying for first place palesin comparison to watching a group build theirpotential from scratch.
SEASON RECAP B Y RYAN DANIELS ’20
This cross country season has been my favoriteone on this team. Coming into it, I was prettyunsure how it would go, with so many additionsto the team and so many unknowns. I just hopedthe team would come together and give their all.And straight from the get-go, everyone workedhard, and soon we began to transform into a trueteam. Week after week, we kept improving andthe dedication and grit never wavered.
But I worried again as we began to near theend. How would the team fare in the big meets?Would we stay focused through the excitementof EHS weekend, the pressure of exams coming,and thoughts of Thanksgiving break? It’s duringthis hectic and chaotic time of year that I believea team shows its true colors. Going into the PrepLeague meet, everyone was nervous, but as therace ended and the dust settled, it was apparentthis team could respond to pressure.
Throughout the next week, we kept our samelaser focus, and we did very well in the statemeet, coming in tenth out of nineteen teamsand beating EHS. The guys on this team reallydid work hard this season, and hopefully wehave set a solid foundation to build on next year.I send my admiration out to all my teammatesand my thanks to everyone who has made thisseason possible, especially the parents who havesupported our team every step of the way. I thinkwe all inspired each other to see this team as ahard thing worth doing right. Lastly, I wouldlike to thank Mr. Hale for everything he did forus and the way he was able to turn this group ofrandom boys into a group of truly hard-workingand dedicated runners.
COACH Ben Hale
RECORD 4th in Prep League;
10th in state
All-Prep Pen Oldham ’ 22
COACHES Scott Braswell,Matt Blundin, Scott Braswell, Jr.,Paul Brazinski, Keith Johnson,Julius Reynolds, CornellStrother, Alex Tisch
CAP TAINS Emmett Aydin ’20,Mathieu Masse-Pelletier ’20
Pen Oldham ’ 22
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