October 18, 2013 at 5:00 AM
Time is a precious commodity, and for the Chatham Cougar football team, it is one thing that they are running out of. Through the first five games of their 2013 campaign, the Cougars find themselves 0-5 with a mere four games left. The team’s next game is away against West Morris Central on Friday, October 18..
“This year hasn’t gone the way that we would have wanted, but I’m excited to finish out the season and win some games,” said senior, co-captain Kyle McGeough about being at the halfway point of his final season of Cougar football.
Head coach Jason Izsa firmly believes that, “Everyday, we’re getting better. Whether it’s in practice or in games, I feel that we have improved and that we keep improving which is something that I had hoped for from the beginning of the season.”
The Cougars find themselves in the midst of a 16-game losing streak dating back to 2011, but they are confident that they will get that greatly desired “W” before the season ends.
When asked about what it feels like to not have much time to get that much needed win, McGeough said that, “I haven’t really thought of it too much. I’m just playing football. Not getting the win hasn’t really bothered me that much. I obviously want it, but it’s going to come if we just keep up the hard work and effort.”
“Wins and losses mean some things, but they don’t mean everything,” Izsa said. “I think one of our main goals this year was definitely to improve and get everyone better, and I definitely feel that is happening every single day.”
Coach Izsa is in his first year as the head Varsity football coach for the Cougars. Despite the difficult task of competing against tougher teams in a newer conference, Coach Izsa loves every minute of it.
“It’s definitely been an awesome, awesome experience,” Izsa said. “When people ask me how we’re doing and I say we’re 0 and 5, then they say, 'Oh, I guess you guys aren’t doing that well,' Well, we are,” Izsa said. “We play some very good competition, and I know that we’re in a lot of the football games (we play).”
Since August, the team has been hard at work with their weight lifting, conditioning and practicing. Izsa believes that, “With practices and games, we’re improving every single day. I think this was probably our best week of practice that we’ve had in a long time. Everyone was focused, everyone was ready to go and everyone was excited. We had great (repetitions), and we were very efficient in practice, so it’s definitely a positive going into our game (Friday) night.”