MORRIS – One of the traditions at Morris Community High School is that the players choose the captains. More often than not, the players have the same idea as the coaches and everyone is happy.
This year presented a unique problem for the Redskins, though, as there were more solid choices for the honor than in a normal season. They ended up selecting quarterback Griffin Sobol, lineman T.J. Layne, linebacker Robbie Meucci and running back/defensive back Jake Walker.
“It feels good that our teammates chose us,” Walker said. “We definitely have more experience this year.”
Sobol was an obvious choice, as the quarterback usually is selected as a captain, but he knows it’s still an honor and a sign of respect.
“It feels like we are much closer as a team than we were last year,” he said. “The four of us have the labels as captains, but there is a lot of leadership on this team. There were a bunch of others that would have been just as good of a choice as we are.
“One thing we all have in common is that we have been waiting for opening day since the last day of the year last year. I know Robbie Meucci and I were in the weight room the Saturday after our last game last year.”
Meucci said that the team wants to prove it is better than last year’s 3-6 record.
“We put up a sign that said ‘3-6’ in the weight room and kept it there,” he said. “It’s a big reminder to every player on every level that we have a lot of work to do. We want to set the tone for the season from the first practice to the first game and for the rest of the season.”
And yet, as much as they want to use last year as a motivational tool, they know this year is a new one.
“We have a clean slate now,” Layne said. “Last year is over. We have to learn from it and move on and keep moving forward from here on out.”
Coach Alan Thorson believes his players made the right choices as far as choosing their on-field leaders.
“Honestly, if you would have asked the coaches, those are probably the four guys we would have picked,” he said. “There are six or seven guys, if we wanted to have that many, that would be good choices. But, we tend to stick with four, and those four guys are as good as any. They will be very good leaders for us.”