Messwood bonds through grief

Football team starts season strong with closer relationship to coach

(Jacob Burnham) Meswood battles against a team during a weeknight game. Experiencing a challenging first few weeks, the team has risen to face physical and personal challenges.
(Jacob Burnham) Meswood battles against a team during a weeknight game. Experiencing a challenging first few weeks, the team has risen to face physical and personal challenges.

The Shorewood/Messmer co-op football team, Messwood, reportedly had a solid start to their season, beginning with a 2-3 record.

“The first two wins … have been really memorable,” said Russell Sottile, senior.

According to Sottile, the team worked very hard in order to achieve their current record. The team has been busy since August, training and conditioning in preparation for this year’s season.

Messwood’s two wins have been against Cudahay and Nicolet, both by significant margins, with ending scores of 347 and 3413.

According to Joey Lofton, sophomore, the team has also suffered many hard-hitting losses.

“That first loss to [Rufus] King by two [points] … sticks with us,” said Lofton.

With a losing score to King of 22-20, Lofton said, they were very disappointment in themselves.

Jake Nation, sophomore, said that although they lost more games than won, the team spirit has not faltered.

“We’ve got a solid team dynamic,” Nation said.

Sottile agreed.

“It’s like a football family,” Sottile said.

This family atmosphere was evident after a dramatic event involving Chad Hofmann, head coach. Hofmann’s father passed away in August after a biking accident, and the Messwood players are dedicating their season to his memory.

“Coach’s dad passing away … That brings us closer together,” Lofton said.

While the team is improving its connection, it is also attempting to improve its statistics. With four more weeks in the season, the team is setting high goals.

“[Our goals include] definitely making the playoffs,” Nation said.

by Maya Schneider

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