Its a Sports Thing
It’s Friday night! As the sun sets, the fans cheer and the bands play, the Lahser Knights football team gears up for one action packed night. But before this war on the football field, there are some sports traditions on and off the field that have to be followed. This is not just a game for these guys, it has become a way of life.
One of these traditions consist of eating together before the game and watching films that encourage teamwork and camaraderie. During these films, concepts such as courage, responsibility, trustworthiness, honesty, and fearlessness are explored. Those watching these movies know that it will take all of these important factors to win the game. It teaches us a lesson, and it makes us trust in one another as much, if not more, than we trust ourselves.
Another important tradition that fans may have noticed is that we hold hands as we walk on and off the field. This lets us know that we all have each others backs. It tells each member of the team, “you can count on me, and I will count on you, “ said head coach Dan Loria.
The last of the traditions is that the football team prays after every game, no matter if we win or a loss. Prayer is often led by Knights safety Sr. Charlie Dauch and is meant to serve as a bonding activity more than a religious obligation. “It’s about being thankful for what we have and for each other,” said Captain Reilly Manz.
As the football season nears a nostalgic close, players, coaches, and parents cling to the memories of Friday night lights, and leave faith in younger players to carry on the traditions that have been ingratiated into Knight culture for decades.