Gonzaga Gridiron Gang,
It seems like yesterday when I said “we are only a few days away from August” in the last newsletter. Now we are just one day from our season opener this Saturday vs McDonogh on Buchanan!
The Eagles officially began preparation on August 3rd with a spirited practice on the Capitol! The opening practice has become a Gonzaga Football tradition and it’s safe to say we are the only team in the world that kicks off their football experience at that particular location!
After a few days of practice in D.C., the team traveled to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania for a 5 night training camp. This was an incredibly productive experience that began with the Kickoff Mass in St. Al’s inclusive of the players, coaches and families. We would like to especially thank Father Gap LoBiondo for conducting such an inspirational service. Once in Pennsylvania, the team engaged in an array of activities geared towards strengthening our football culture. Our objectives were to become mentally TOUGHER, come closer TOGETHER and forge an unyielding sense of TRUST.
It’s safe to say that our program accomplished the objectives above as they enthusiastically embraced the experience. Healthy competition was at the forefront of our mission as receivers competed against the defensive backs, seniors competed against juniors, and offense competed against defense in many instances. However the primary competition focused on small units of players and coaches captained by 8 members of the 2017 class. The senior leaders included QB Sam Brown, WR Max Fisher, LB Mitchell Johns, OL Johnny Jordan, DL Roger Mellado, RB Tyree Randolph, DL Antoine Walker, and DB Joe Zuccari. The players and coaches competed in events requiring brawn such as the NEF Tug-o-War, rhythm such as the Eagle Idol Lip Sync, agility such as the Break-Drive Dodgeball and creativity such as the Eye Street Skits. The competition was fierce and in the spirit of the Olympic Games in Rio, Team Jordan took home the bronze, Team Brown took silver and Team Zuccari took gold.
In terms of leadership, the team has been in good hands with both Sam Brown and Johnny Jordan as captains. However the team unveiled 2 additional captains with both Mitchell Johns and Joe Zuccari being elected by their teammates. Strong leadership is essential to the team’s success and we believe the 4 young men selected will do a fine job.
Upon returning to D.C. the Eagles engaged in 2 highly competitive scrimmages. The first was against St. Frances of Baltimore, MD and the second was against Paint Branch of Burtonsville, MD. Although it was clear that there was much work to be done in preparation for our season opener, the Eagles displayed exciting flashes for the things that lay ahead in the 2016 season.
Speaking of the future, 3 Gonzaga Eagles have made verbal commitments to continue their playing careers beyond their time on Eye Street. Max Fisher will be attending North Carolina State University, Johnny Jordan will be attending the University of Maryland and OL Cameron Warfield will attend Yale University. All 3 of these young men were blessed to have a multitude of offers to choose from due to their commitment academically and athletically. They will undoubtedly represent the purple well when that time comes next year.
After this weekend’s opener, the month of September will feature an away trip to Viera, Florida on Labor Day weekend. We will take on Viera High School, last year’s Florida Class 7A State Runner-up on 9/3. Then we will host Avalon for the first time on 9/10, travel to Georgetown Prep on 9/17, and begin WCAC play at McNamara on 9/24. Mark your calendars and come support the Eagles! We are committed to representing Gonzaga in the finest possible fashion.
See you on Eye Street this Saturday at 2pm!!!
The countdown to Game 1 of Gonzaga Football 2016 has begun… The Eagles will take on a tough McDonogh team on Buchanan Field to open the season. #HailGonzaga #EaglesFlyHigh #AMDG
Gonzaga Football photos are generously taken and donated by Mr. John Jennings every season. Additionally many current and past parents support every level of the program when able. Click the images below to see archived photos from 2014 and 2015, and be sure to bookmark the page to see check out the photos from the games in 2016.
“A college football commitment is a ‘two-way’ street for a multitude of reasons. The opportunity to commit is well deserved because it’s been hard-earned. It requires extraordinary devotion for a Gonzaga College High School football player to procure an opportunity to commit to a university. Foremost, the Eagle puts forth an exceptional academic commitment. Secondly, the commitment requires tremendous dedication …