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[October 21, 2009]
Roughly a third of the Railer
varsity football team is comprised of seniors who will be playing in
their last high school football game when the team hosts Waterloo in
the Railers' season finale on Friday. While everyone associated with
the team certainly would prefer that the team's season record show
more victories for the year, the season record does not tell the
entire story of the team.
Casual observers typically look at a team's won-lost record to
measure how successful a team is. In many sports -- especially
interscholastic sports, such as high school football -- there are
other factors to consider when gauging the success of a program.
"There's other things besides wins and losses in building a
program," Railer head coach Jared Shaner said. "I look back over the
last few years, and I've felt like we've improved every year.
Obviously this year, we're not going to improve
wins-and-losses-wise, but hopefully we've improved in some other
ways. It's having kids with character and quality kids. And we're
definitely on the right track with those things."
It has been said that it takes more character to be on a losing
team than a winning one. While it's doubtful that anyone associated
with the Railer football team would complain if Lincoln comes away
Friday with its first win of the season, players on this Railer team
have helped plant the seeds in developing a football program at
LCHS. With the recent development and popularity of youth football
in Lincoln, and as those youth players channel up to the high school
level, these current seniors could be viewed as the pioneers of this
era in LCHS football.
This week, LDN will be profiling some of this year's Railer
football seniors to recognize their dedication and hard work in
helping to develop the Railer football program.
[By LOYD KIRBY]