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Football Week 4- Coon Rapids

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Josh TD

Players and Parents,

This week the program got some awesome recognition for the improvements we have made this season, and for our victory over Forest Lake Friday night.

FL Recap

Forest Lake Stats 2017

Improvement Article 

Forest Lake Article

The wins and the publicity are amazing outside affirmations of all the work the players and coaches have put in, but I think headed into the half way point of the season it is important to remember our purpose:

To use football to help instill both performance and moral character skills that will help players develop into successful, loyal, and selfless members of their families, community, and the world.

There is a lot more to what we are trying to do here than touchdowns, tackles, playing time, news paper articles, starting line-ups, and state rankings. I think it is important that we don’t get caught up in those things, they can all be gone tomorrow. What won’t be gone is what we learn from the process and how it relates to being successful off the field, and the bonds we form with the people we do it with. Only 11 guys can be on the field at once, and only one can touch the ball at a given time, yet every player on this team has contributed equally to the improvement we have had so far this season, and is equally important to this team. One of the most important lessons I think football taught me personally was how special it was to be a part of something bigger than myself. And that no amount of personal accomplishment or gain can make you feel better than the feeling of knowing you have contributed to the team and given a part of yourself for the greater good of people you care about. If we think of success in terms of how many plays we get in, how many times we touch the ball, how many points we score, and other selfish items we are bound to fail. If we keep measuring success in terms of being Reliable, Smart, having Heart, and being Tough we have NO LIMITS this year.

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world. Not so the world can see you.”

This week we play a much improved Coon Rapids Program. It should be our biggest test so far this season. A great opportunity for all levels to test how far we have come on our on the field goals.

A few notes for this week:

– Monday is Back to School Night– Program starts at 6:30pm and you will have the chance to travel your son’s daily schedule, meet his teachers, other parents, and celebrating getting back into the swing of the school year. I hope you all can make it.

– Tuesday we have a Huddle Club Meeting in the Front Conference Room from 6pm-7pm

 9th graders are lucky enough to be having two team meals this week! One on Tuesday at the gracious Bourassa’s house, and one Thursday night when they join the Varsity/JV after practice. Please contact Liz Zupfer for more info about the Tuesday meal. eazupfer@stthomas.edu

– 9th Grade plays Wednesday this week at Edgewood 4:45pm.

– Friday’s game is Coon Rapids homecoming, so I have been told you should arrive early because the ticket gate gets busy close to game time.

GO KNIGHTS!

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