*This article is from our Sept. 10 issue, and more recent updates and information will be added in later articles*
Our Columbus Discoverer football team has started off the season with a 1-2 record.
Their first game was held on Aug. 24 and was played at Norfolk. The Panthers clawed their way to a win against the Discoverers with the final score of 35-14.
The second game was against North Platte at our home stadium on Aug. 31. The Discoverers stomped those Bulldogs and hung ‘em on a line with a score of victory, 35-16. Junior Joey Braasch was a key factor for the win with a total of four touchdowns throughout the game.
Coach Williams takes pride in the game against North Platte. “In week two we were in a battle. We made it into the game we thought it was going to be the whole time. So I think the thing I’m most proud of was that our guys kept battling, and things finally started going their way. Everything was validated for all of the hard work that they’ve done,” Williams said.
Last week's game against Elkhorn (Sep. 7) took place on their home turf. The Antlers clashed with the Discoverers, who sadly came out with a loss with a score of 35-16.
Our Discoverer football team has made many improvements compared to last year.
“The biggest thing is that we have a number of guys that didn’t see the field on the varsity level last year. We’ve seen these guys step up into leadership roles, and they’re taking on more responsibilities on game days. That has been the biggest improvement for most of these guys. They just had to embrace a bigger role on the team.” Williams added.
Our football team is continuing to work hard to prepare for the Homecoming game this Friday, Sept. 14, against Fremont.
We asked Williams what the team was working on leading up to this weeks homecoming game against the Fremont Tigers. “We continue working on our discipline all across the board, and finishing every play. We’ve been in battles all three games this year after half time, and we’ve got to find a way to finish that second half,”said Williams.
There are three team captains chosen from the senior class. One of them is Kevin Rocha.
When asked what his personal goals are for the season he said, “I want to break the end game sack record and possibly the season sack record.” He is off to a pretty good start with three solo sacks in the first three weeks.
Another senior captain is Carson Zwingman, pictured to the left. Zwingman was asked if he plans to pursue football after high school. “Yes, I don’t know where yet, but I’ve thought about it,” said Zwingman.
Carter Kucera (right) is also a senior captain. When asked what his hopes were for the rest of the season he quickly responded, “I hope we improve as a team, and keep performing better even if we have harder competition.”
Along with our senior captains, we caught up with our junior team captain, Christian Dyhrkopp, pictured to the left. When asked about his feelings on being a voted team captain this year, he responded with a smile on his face, “I feel honored for getting voted for it. Only one junior gets elected to be a captain and I feel very honored to get that.”
Come support our football team this Friday, Sept. 14, and be sure to show your Discoverer pride. The theme for the game will be white out! Happy homecoming, and GO DISCOVERERS!