PV Football Begins Season With Big Wins
• Sea Kings look forward to Bay League games coming up.
The Palos Verdes High School Sea Kings played its first home football game of the season Friday, Sept. 1, and scored a 34-0 victory over Long Beach Cabrillo. The win, along with the 36-14 win over Westchester the week before in the first game of the season, indicates a good season ahead for the Sea Kings.
The players are optimistic about the upcoming games and, according to senior running back Joey Ford, “This season I expect us to go undefeated in Bay League, as we have done in past years.”
The team this year is smaller in numbers and younger in years than in the past, with at least 40 percent of the team made up of sophomores, which brings difficulties along with benefits.
According to Ford, “This year’s team is slightly smaller that last year, but quicker with better chemistry because of the lack of separation between the senior class and underclassmen.”
Senior Cooper Gardner agreed with Ford’s statement when describing the smaller team.
“I think this team is special because of the bond that has grown between each individual player due to the fewer players.”
Due to the fewer number of upperclassmen, the responsibility of leading the team has fallen into the hands of a small number. However, Gardner thinks that “the senior class does a great job of leading everyone, and it really brings us closer together.”
Gardner attributes much of the success of the Sea King’s to the character of the team. “Ultimately, it’s our team chemistry and effort that allows us to win games.”
The Sea Kings football future looks bright for this season, with dedicated and talented players determined to have a winning season and reclaim victory over Mira Costa after the close loss last year.
Gardner and Ford both specified their excitement to play and beat Costa, “since there is some unfinished business to take care of,” as Gardner put it.