Commentary: Student section vital component of games

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The student section singing the national anthem at the Strake game September 4 at NRG Stadium. Students came out loud, allowing the team to compete with full effort.
The student section singing the national anthem at the Strake game September 4 at
NRG Stadium. Students came out loud, allowing the team to compete with full effort.

As a football player, one of the most exciting part of playing on Friday night is hearing your classmates in the stands making noise and supporting the team.

There are some games where the student section is not as big as it is for the Strake or the Pius game. It is understandable because not all of the games are as intense and fun as those two, but the players on the field definitely appreciate the support we get from the students.

Usually, I do not pay attention to the student section because I am so focused on the game and zoned in, but after big plays or when I am on the sideline after a big defensive play, it is impossible not to hear their cheers. It is always exciting to see your friends up in the stands like seeing senior Alex Aiza in the stands get hyped after a big play or seeing them lead chants in the stands.

As the football program has improved so has the student support. When I was in eighth grade I came to a home game and there was hardly any students there to support their Eagle brothers. There was not much to cheer about because the program was struggling and none of the students wanted to come to games, but that has changed here.

The student section can definitely have a big impact on the game. When the opposing team is on offense they can make a lot of noise to distract them and to make it difficult for them to communicate. When we are on offense the students do a good job of being quiet to let us communicate to each other and get the right play calls. The student section has been very impressive so far this season. It was very exciting to the see the amount of students that showed up to the Strake game at NRG Stadium and all the other games also.

“I can speak for everyone on the team when I say that a good student section is the key to success.”

-Michael Keating, senior

The success of the football team this year has not been surprising but the energy and enthusiasm has been considering in recent years the only games that students really went to were the Strake and St. Pius game.

With St. Michael’s from Canada and district play starting in the next two weeks, the student section should come to games loud and ready to make a lot of noise.  We will really see how committed the student section is when playoffs start. There might be one home playoff game but after that, they are all on the road and usually at least two hours away.

The student section definitely benefits the football team. Their intense cheering rattles opposing teams and the passion that they show the whole game gives the team energy to finish the game and get the win.

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