The Villa Park Football team started out their season with their summer program. The summer was the same routine day to day. Then August came and then the worst week rolled around. Hell week lasted from August 10th-14th and the boys describe it as “pure hell”. Senior offensive lineman, Brandon Ortiz, summed hell week up in three words: “ Challenging, Painful, and Fun.” The pads, bruisings, and conditioning were all worth it once they got to head to La Quinta, Palm Springs.
Freshman Eric Miranda described Palm Springs as, “an amazing time and it was fun to just hang out with my friends and teammates.” The boys got to take this trip with their coaches as a preseason game. This was meant to help prepare the boys for what the real season will be like. The varsity team won 35-10, the junior varsity team won 14-12, and the freshman team won 51-6. The three teams swept the La Quinta Blackhawks off their feet and were prepared to start the season.
The Week 1 game was played against Cabrillo High School. Those boys gave them some struggles but in the end Villa Park was on top with varsity winning 47-7, junior varsity ending with 56-0, and finally the freshmen 32-0. Cabrillo obviously didn’t place that much of a challenge for the boys and that’s because of the strong bond that all of them share.
The whole football program really has a relationship that’s unbreakable. We are all like brothers to one another and always have each other’s backssaid sophomore offensive lineman, Cole Bach.
When playing a sport, there’s usually someone you look up to, or aspire to be as good as and especially with the brotherhood that this team has. Cole Bach said, “I look up to Brandon Ortiz, because he’s a hard worker on and off the football team.” Brandon added, “I admire the way senior Ramon Chaves can be such a strong leader for the team, even though he hardly talks on the field. When Ramon says something once, the whole team follows.”
All of the teams are well prepared for their upcoming games and competitions due to the great support and help their coaches have given them. Senior corner safety, Justin Arevalo said the coach that he appreciates the most, “would have to be Coach Esteban. Esteban is my position coach and has taught me everything that I know about football.” Brandon Ortiz and Cole Bach both agreed that, “Coach Strickland and Coach De Rado are both extremely key to our success. Along with being our position coaches, they give us help off the field with any problems we may have.”
The teams are ready and prepared to take on the next opponents. Varsity has their next game at El Modena on Thursday, 9/24 at 7 p.m., junior varsity on Friday, 9/25 at 3:15 p.m. at Villa Park, and freshmen on Thursday, 9/24 at 2:45 p.m. at Fred Kelly.