Sharing a senior momentBy: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
With the rather even-keeled demeanor players often show off the field, it’s hard to imagine how emotional the game of football really is. It’s been said it is a game of inches or “Mo” (momentum) but the emotional part is probably what carries a team from August through November.
That was evident following the game between Del Campo and Whitney high schools in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Friday night. It ended in Del Campo’s favor and the Cougars exited the field shortly after the teams exchanged postgame well-wishes.
The Wildcats remained for a time still unwilling to let go of their season so quickly. The team, coaches and fans also used the time to congratulate and say goodbye to the seniors.
It is at a time like that when the emotions of the game are most evident. I commented on it last year when Lincoln closed out its season. It didn’t matter the Zebras had a tough year, for the seniors it was knowing that was the last time they would gather together on a football field.
Last Friday, the tears flowed in Del Campo just as they did last year in Lincoln despite Whitney’s terrific season.
“I love this team. Two plays in three games and we would be 11-0 right now,” said Wildcats’ senior running back Sutter Choisser. “I put in my heart and soul. I wouldn’t change anything for the world.”
I’m sure Choisser would have preferred a victory that night but his maturity was already beginning to show. The wins and losses will become distant memories, but the camaraderie and shared pursuits will last a lifetime.
Aaron Froidevaux, the senior who helped open holes for Choisser to run through, expressed much the same feelings.
“I wouldn’t change anything. We worked our (butts) off. A bunch of great kids,” Froidevaux said. “I wouldn’t change a thing with this team, not one thing.”
I think if there were anything the seniors could change it would be that the season would never end. None interviewed took the loss against Del Campo as anything more than a setback, what hurt was it being the last they would share together.
“It’s a tough loss,” said senior defensive safety Tyler Torres. “Your senior year, you never know if you’re going to step back on the field. It’s tough.”
Of course, life will go on for the seniors at Whitney, Rocklin and Lincoln and the football season will become a fond memory. The campaigns ended for all three clubs last week – all on the road.
The seniors will now start to think about their futures but won’t soon forget what they accomplished during the fall of 2012.
“I hope (the juniors and sophomores) learned a lot because we tried to set the best example we could for them to be successful next year and the upcoming years,” Torres said. “This is a great program and I’m proud to be part of the family.”
Whether a Wildcat, Thunder or Zebra, that’s what it’s all about.