When sophomores attack
Varsity football started the season with one sophomore, but ended up adding two more in the lineup.
Chance Steverson, Luke Allen, and Trey Earls had their name on the varsity team roster in their sophomore year. Although Allen and Earls were moved up from junior varsity due to injuries, Steverson started the season on varsity.
“Coaches compliment me because I was supposed to be on varsity,” Steverson said.
Head coach Greg McCaig felt Steverson’s athleticism allowed him to transition not just from the freshmen team to varsity, but also from a receiver to a safety.
“You always have to do what’s best for the team,” McCaig said. “It’s not that he can’t catch a ball, but we have a great depth of receivers. We need a defensive back.”
Steverson played for eight of the ten games as a safety before getting injured in the Cy Lakes game when an opposing linemen fell on his leg, removing him from the lineup.
“It didn’t feel good, I was upset,” Steverson said. “I kind of wanted to cry a bit, but I knew I still have two more years to play.”
Allen rose up for the team when junior starting quarterback Brett Baumgartner, was injured in the Cy Falls game and could not play.
“It feels good because last game[Cy Ridge] I got to start, but it’s by default at the same time,” Allen said. “I’m glad I can have my chance to do what I can.”
Allen played as starting quarterback in three games before also getting hurt against Cy Lakes.
“We just have to try our best to handle the adjustments,” Allen said. “I have a grade two ACL tear. I haven’t been able to practice. I’ve just been able to watch.”
Varsity made many adjustments to the lineup due to injuries, including the injury senior Tyrell Aldridge got in the game against Cy Lakes. With Aldridge out Earls bumped up to the spot of running back.
“I have to play a big role to fill in his spot and do what the team needs me to do,” Earls said.