On Saturday, October 15, the varsity football team traveled to Severn for another very important conference game. Little did they know they would walk away from Severn with two huge accomplishments over their shoulder.
The Lakers were tied with the Admirals at six, but by the time the game was over, the Lakers had taken a commanding 28-6 lead.
This win was the most significant so far this year for varsity football. The win against Severn marked Coach Schell’s 100th career win, a mark no other BL football coach has achieved.
“It’s rare to have longevity when it comes to high school coaches; we are very fortunate to have Coach Schell here at BL. Football has improved every year. When Coach Schell took over, we had football teams; today, we have a football program. Coach Schell’s ‘One Heartbeat’ attitude is represented by all levels of football at BL,” Athletic Director Michael Thomas said.
“100 wins was never a goal of mine,” Schell said. “Every year I want to beat St. Paul’s and develop talented football players; those are my real goals,” he added.
“I didn’t know it was going to be coach’s 100th win, but I was glad that I was a part of it,” senior middle linebacker Cooper Nalley said.
“We were told it could be coach’s 100th win right before the game. We were already motivated to clinch our spot in the championship but I think getting coach his 100th win made us play a little harder,” said junior offensive/defensive lineman J.P. Barbeau.
Reaching 100 wins is a testament to the dedication Schell has shown the football program here at BL. He has been a constant winner harboring a record of 100-58.
With their win, the Lakers also clinched a spot in this year’s championship game. “Knowing we’re already in the championship game is great. Now we can focus on the areas we need to improve so that we will be successful when it’s time to play for the championship,” Schell said.
After losing at home in the semifinal game last fall to Curley, making it to the championship game is rewarding. “Losing last year left a sour taste in our mouth; knowing that everything we’ve worked for this year has resulted in clinching a spot in the championship is pleasing,” said Barbeau.
“At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t sure how our team would do. I know now that if we stay focused and continue to work hard, we will be successful in the championship,” Nalley said.
It’s no secret that BL is a very talented team this year, but they can still use your help. Make sure to get out and support them as they take on St. Paul’s at home on Friday, November 4. Championship game is TBD.