“New coach. New season. New team!” was a command that erupted from one player in the enthusiastic starting huddle at the lacrosse game on Friday, March 1, at Trojan Stadium. The Trojans faced the Sanderson Spartans for the first game of the season.
Starting off the season with the seniors on the field, the Trojans were excited to start a new season. Although they went through last season without a single win, the stadium was littered with fans of both teams whose cheers echoed through the stadium. Excited to see how the team would perform after a coaching change, the Garner fans cheered on their team with zeal.
The fans were not the only vocal spectators. The new coach, David Pilgreen, jeered constantly from the sideline, commanding the team and boosting their morale. While it was too early to realize the team’s strengths and weaknesses, Coach Pilgreen commented, “We just want to go in there and work hard. Going undefeated last season was rough, and we are doing the work to get some wins.”
The Spartans were the ones to score first, but the Trojans quickly replied with a goal of their own. Keeping their heads on a swivel, they kept aware of their opponents. It took some skill to get past the Sanderson goalie, and the Trojans had the element of strength on their side. Justin Clark, a senior, managed to score several rockets past the Spartans. While they have skill, Clark realizes that the team still needs to work hard. “Starting off the season with a win is a great feeling. It has built our confidence, but we still have room to grow.”
The Trojans were doing so well, that even the refs doubted their abilities. In the fourth period, the head referee pulled Trojan Cody Byrns aside to check his stick for foul play. A Garner fan from the stands found this pointless and assured the ref that “he really was that good.” With a final score of 10-8, the fans finally got to see just how good the team really was.