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Despite improvements, football team struggles

Posted By Denebola On November 21, 2007 @ 5:28 pm In Sports | Comments Disabled

By Hannah Seiber
It was a cold, gloomy Saturday morning in Newton, yet South’s football field was surrounded by fans.
Despite unfavorable predictions for South against Medfield on October 27, smiles dotted the faces of the crowd.
“Move it on down! Move it on down! Move it on down for a touch down!” echoed throughout the stands. Students of all grades, along with parents and friends, cheered for the football team.
This was a common scene throughout the Newton South boys’ football season. Faced with multiple rainy day games and a series of injuries the team fought to meet goals set earlier in the season.
Head coach Ted Dalicandro wished for the team to be “competitive in every game [they] played.” He also wished for the team to improve upon last year’s record of 2-9.
With the exception of the football team’s first game, Dalicandro believes South has fulfilled his goal. “There was a chance to win in every game,” he said.
South, however, yielded little success in the season thus far with a record of 3-7.
There last game is tomorrow at home against Lincoln-Sudbury.
Although an abundance of the games could have swung either way, South consistently came up short.
Coach John Milligan believes these losses were unnecessary. “[South] could have and should have won many of these games,” he said.
Junior Chris Kim explains these heartbreaks against teams of similar skill, such as Wayland, Westford and Bishop Fenwick, as disappointing.
“[The football team] only lost four games by a combined 10 points,” Kim said. Quarterback and co-captain Derek Russell furthered this point explaining the frequent occurrence of “games where the team was only three plays away.”
With many difficult losses upon them, Russell continues to believe that “the team must move forward,” as “little will be gained if [they] look back.”
Rounding on the end of the season, however, the team’s attitude has shifted. “Although it’s nice to win a game,” junior Evan Goldberg said.
“The team is focusing on a more fun outlook.”
Dalicandro has already thought about next season. He hopes for more wins “especially against the teams where the score was close.”
He also hopes to see an increased level of commitment from the team.
“There will definitely be coaching changes along with different strategies used next year,” Dalicandro said.
Ideas are already forming for a different approach to the season next year.
Varsity has high expectations for next year, including placing first in the Duel Country League and advancing to the state tournament.
“I think we’ll have a good team next year” Kim said.
“Next year will be different.”

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[1] Football team faces tough challenges in DCL: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/football-team-faces-tough-challenges-in-dcl/

[2] South suffers heartbreaking loss to Wayland by 3: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/09/24/south-suffers-heartbreaking-loss-to-wayland-by-3/

[3] Sports Spotlight: Mike Heller, Derek Russell, and Lucas Walker: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/11/26/sports-spotlight-mike-heller-derek-russell-and-lucas-walker/

[4] QB Klumpp embraces second chance: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/11/25/qb-klumpp-embraces-second-chance/

[5] Flag Football Club offers alternative to students looking for intramural and recreational sports involvement: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/10/21/flag-football-club-offers-alternative-to-students-looking-for-intramural-and-recreational-sports-involvement/

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