Sports Spotlight: Willie Allen, Jarrett Atkinson, Isaac Freedman, and Lucas Walker

By Mark Garrity and Claire Pezza
Published: October 2009

Senior and two-time captain Lucas Walker has been a valuable member of the Boys’ Varsity Football team throughout his tenure at South.

He has been on Varsity for four years, and of those four years he has started for three.

Walker contributes to the team on both sides of the ball as he plays center on the offensive line and defensive tackle on the defensive line.

He received Dual League County (DCL) All-Star honors last season.

Walker claims that the team has endured a change in mentality, and he attributes that change to the coaches.

“There are a lot of new coaches, and they are all knowledgeable and really care about the team, he said.

The new turf fields have also contributed to the Lions’ success this season, according to Walker.

“It feels a lot better when you look up in the stands and realize that you are playing for your school pride, Walker said.

Senior Isaac Freedman is another standout player on the Lions’ team. He has been a starter for three years and a two-year two-way starter.

His teammates and coaches hold him in high regard as he was honored as the best player on both the offensive and defensive lines last season. In addition to receiving honors within the team, Freedman was also recognized as one of the best players in the DCL.

This year, Freedman is playing left guard, defensive end, and middle linebacker.

Senior Willie Allen had an outstanding campaign last year as the team’s leading receiver and former quarterback Derek Russell’s favorite target.

This year he has followed up with another strong showing.

So far, he has caught three touchdown passes and is one of the top scorers in Division I A.

Junior Jarrett Atkinson is the sole non-senior captain on the team.

Though young, he knows what must be done to get the team in shape to produce quality results. He may still have much to learn, but his strong leadership skills will carry the team when the Class of 2010 departs.

The four captains are working hard to lead the team through a strong season.

Not only have they developed their playing skills throughout their years on the team, but they have also learned leadership values.

The Lions have endured many struggles over past years, but this has forced the current captains to push through and help the team reach its potential.

The football team looks toward success and hopes to build off increased student support this year, a result of strong leadership and the opening of the turf fields.

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