By Cole Weinstein
On Friday, November 6th, the Spartans faced off against the Monrovia Wildcats for their final game of the season. The winner would earn a spot in the CIF playoffs, while the loser would be eliminated. Despite how hard they fought, the La Cañada Spartans lost by a score of 46-7 to the Wildcats, thus ending their season.
While it was a disappointing loss for the team and fans alike, the loss was not the product of a disappointing season. After Ramsey Lambert abruptly left the head coaching job over the summer, the team was in disarray and many people didn’t give new head coach Ryan Zerbel a chance. But the Spartans finished at a respectable 4-6 and 2-3 in league with an impressive looking upcoming senior class that Coach Zerbel called “beasts.”
The heart and soul of the 2015 Spartan football team were the seniors, a group that was “amazing” according to Zerbel.
“We’re talking about a group of guys that I’m their third coach in four years. This program could have fell apart and probably would have if it wasn’t for this group of seniors… they held it together and they were the foundation and I couldn’t have done any of this without them initially holding everything together,” said the head coach.
Team Captains Mikey Selsor, Andrew Sarceda, Ryan Breneman, Andrew Gunter, and Charlie Weiss were the senior leaders who especially held everything together as they led the Spartan team for the entire season and helped to begin something more. Coach Zerbel’s goals are far greater than just wins for one season.
“We're trying to build a football program here and there’s foundation that has to be laid and some of these guys don’t realize it yet but they’ll see it. They’ll see it when they start to reap the benefits of it, but there's a little foundation starting to be built here about what it means to be a La Canada football player and what it’s gonna take to win,” said Coach Zerbel.
Although the Spartans will miss their graduating seniors, next year’s team is expected to be promising. With a strong returning class and a full off season, the opponents may just need to “get a cage,” as put by junior Raffi Heirapetian.
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