For seniors, York football more than just a game

October 25, 2018

With the 2018 football regular season coming to an end, the York football team has finished with a 4-5 record, missing a shot at the playoffs by just one game. Due to the loss of a crucial 2019 group of seniors, the freshman, sophomore and junior classes are heading into the offseason on a good note by defeating Downers Grove North 14-7, and with Power Club on the horizon. Although, for the seniors, their high school football careers are over.

Senior Anthony Scalzitti prepares to attack and make the play. Photo courtesy of HT Stevens Photography

“All the way from freshman year to senior year, York football has done nothing but provided [sic] me with valuable life lessons and allowed me to create many new relationships that I will keep for the rest of my life,” senior inside linebacker Anthony Scalzitti said. “It has taught me the importance through adversity and how the power of family can truly bring a team together and make them even more successful.”

Scalzitti expressed his gratitude towards the opportunities that were offered to him on the football team: “York football has given me and my team the opportunity to meet many underclassmen, which has made our program more strong than ever,” Scalzitti said.

Senior tight end and outside linebacker AJ Muñoz reminisced on York football’s impact on him through his four years of high school: “When I came into York, I really wasn’t on the right path,” Muñoz said. “Football has made me grow up, and now I’m doing a lot better than I was before.”  

For Muñoz, football was a key part in maturing in his life. When asked who he would thank for turning his life around, he credits it to his coaches.

“The coaching staff… they’re the ones that constantly told us that we are students first and athletes second.”

Senior AJ Muñoz lines up and scans the field. Photo courtesy of HT Stevens Photography

When one thinks of the game of football, they think of the toughness, grit and fearlessness that comes with being a player. But, what they don’t think about is the aspects of love and family involved. For the senior class of York, football has truly been their second family for the past four years, which was a very important part of their lives.

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