“I’d just get low and take it the best (I) can, to spite it,” adds Lagault.
But simply being able to move around isn’t going to cut it for too long on the defensive side of the ball, so these players have to compensate for their size with good old-fashioned hard work.
“We make up for it by hitting the gym,” says McGuirk. “We go every Monday and Wednesday morning, so we’re strong, even though we’re not that big. Then we run a lot at practice so we have a lot of speed so we can burst off the line. (But) honestly, everyone here, we do it by choice. I’ve been lifting for so long, I just kind of feel weird if I don’t. And it’s helped me a lot. I choose to do it and I’ve been choosing to do it all along.”
“We have to get up really early,” says Lagault. “So it kind of gives us that work ethic that we bring onto the football field.”
Coach Hayden has always liked that strong work ethic.
“They have good drive, and they’ve done well,” says Hayden. “Nothing comes easy in life. If you want things, you have to work for it. There’s no guarantee that if you work for it, you get it. But they’ve been good kids to have, and I’m going to miss those guys.”
Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game against Triton (1-9) will indeed bring the seniors’ careers to a halt, and they know they want to leave it all out on the field.
“This is definitely an emotional game,” says McGuirk. “This is the last game of our whole entire high school career, and I’m definitely ready to go out there and give my all. I know that my teammates will too. Especially the members of this defensive line.”