Interview With Varsity Football Captains
by Erin Behr '18
This year, the captains of the varsity football team are seniors Luca Hagen, Jacob Jarosz, and Joel Mandish. I had the pleasure of sitting down with all three seniors to ask them about this year’s football season.
Question: Which positions do you play?
Luca: I play right guard and defensive tackle.
Jacob: I play running back and middle linebacker.
Joel: I play wide receiver and safety.
When did each of you start playing football?
Luca: I’ve played since I was five years old.
Jacob: I have been playing since I was seven.
Joel: I have been playing for ten years, so since I was seven.
Jacob, how do you get your team hype before games?
We have a flag that we all run out to the field with while chanting as a team. The honorary captain that week is in charge of holding the flag and planting it in the middle of the field.
How is the honorary captain picked?
Luca: The coaches pick one every week based on hard work and dedication at practice.
What do you enjoy most about your role as team captain?
Luca: I like walking out for the coin toss. But more importantly, I like being the person that the coach goes to for getting the team fired up and getting players back on track.
What have been your major football accomplishments as a team and as a player?
Joel: I would say we already have a lot of accomplishments. We are 4-0 so far. We don't have a lot of injuries, we have a successful new offense, and the team blends really well.
Who do you think will be your toughest competition this season?
Jacob: St. Mary’s, because we both lost a lot of seniors. They’re a good team but so are we, so I think we can beat them.
What do you think are your team’s strong points? Weak points?
Luca: Our wide receivers are really good and we have the best defense in the league. We don't have a lot of weaknesses, but we are at a disadvantage because we don’t have a lot of players compared to a lot of other teams in the league.
Come cheer on the varsity football squad as they battle St. Mary's for the B Conference championship on Saturday night, November 12, under the lights at Spaulding.