The road to Homecoming

Jake Perez, Staff Writer

Tomorrow is Homecoming, but the Lancer football team has been at it for months in preparation.

Lake Park is excited to watch their varsity team.  Coach Chris Roll said that the team “really likes each other and they push themselves to get better every week,” and this is apparent to anyone who watches this team.  There have already been many exciting moments this year, and the Lancers hope this has only been the beginning. 

A lot of this excitement came in the second week of the season, when the Lancers followed up a tough defeat in week one by beating Metea Valley 35-12 in their home opener.  Excited to watch their home team, fans showed up to the opener decked out in red, white, and blue.

  This support would be rewarded as the Lancers would jump out to a huge 21-0 lead in the first quarter, recovering a fumble on the opening kick and never looking back.  Some of the standout performances from this game were senior Jordan Colon, who rushed for 109 yards, and senior Nico Romano, who caught an 85-yard touchdown from quarterback Nathanael Merchant.  Senior Anthony Pelligrino also intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to highlight a tremendous performance by the Lake Park defense. 

After a rough game against Batavia the next week, the Lancers answered with a huge overtime victory against Wheaton North.  After running back Jordan Colon exited with an injury, it was amazing to watch the way the team rallied behind him and fought for a victory.  Their offense made a couple timely plays, and Coach Roll said the team’s defense “took a huge step last week in getting better at tackling.”

The Lancers hope they can continue to build upon their success in these games.  Overall, the team has the talent and mentality to win a lot of games this year, and if they can get some momentum going, the rest of the season could be very fun.  Coming up, the Lancers play their big Homecoming game tomorrow against St. Charles North.