The varsity football team and their trainers are being recognized as CJ's feature team this week heading into the final game of the season Friday, Oct. 29 against Alter High School at 7:30 p.m.
As the Eagles (3-6 overall, 1-5 GCL) prepare to take on the Knights at Fairmont High School, the CJ community will show their spirit at the annual bonfire Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. near Blue Green Field. The school will host a fundraiser for the American Heart Association at this free event; all current students, parents, faculty, staff, and families are encouraged to attend.
The feature team of the week designation comes on the heels of the team’s 31-6 Senior Night victory over Purcell Marian, and the subsequent pizza party which was held after the game in the cafeteria. Senior lineman Lee Hollis, Jr. described the event as one of the most memorable moments in his high school career.
“Senior Night was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at CJ and the pizza party topped it off,” Hollis said. “Just to see everyone all together in one place to support our team really meant a lot to me.”
Coming off the success of last season in which the Eagles made their first playoff appearance since 2006, this year’s squad has had to deal with some adversity, but Holis and senior co-captain Tim Szabo both agreed the team has gotten through their hardships by sticking together as a family. Over the summer, varsity, JV and freshman teammates gathered with the cheerleaders for a picnic to start the season
“No matter how we finish this season, we’ll always have the lifelong friendships we’ve built with each other as members of the CJ football team,” said Szabo, wide receiver and defensive back. Friendships have formed both on and off the field through various activities including weekly dinners for all 19 seniors hosted each Thursday by a different football family.
Football players have also developed relationships with the CJ student trainers who volunteer under the supervision of teacher and head trainer Lori Dozer. Student trainers, such as senior Lindsay Sraj, perform tasks which include providing ice, tending abrasions, and taping players.
“It has been a great experience because I’ve met a lot of people and made a lot of friends,” Sraj said. She has been assisting the football team for two years, attending both summer and after-school practices along with Friday and Saturday games for all three teams.
“We’ve never gotten recognized before because we’re not a sport, but this week has been fun,” she added.
Former Eagle Excels on College Stage
Former Chaminade Julienne football player Jermar Rayford, '10, set an Ohio Wesleyan school record for receptions Saturday, Oct. 23 by hauling in 16 passes in the team's loss to Allegheny. Rayford, a first year fullback at OWU, tallied 119 yards and one TD while breaking the school's previous 43 year-old record of 13 receptions in one game. -- Read the full article at OWU.edu's athletics page.