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Giants football hoping for a giant success


Photo by Emily Perry. The Giants kickoff a new season


Photo by Emily Perry. Quarterback DaJuan Moore prepares to snap the ball

By Avery Paiste, Reporter

How does it look for the Giants varsity football team this year? Will they do as well as last year? So far in the 2015 Giants Varsity football team is off to a two win, two loss start.

“They have been playing inconsistently,”  says offensive coordinator, Shawn Moran.

This is partially due to injuries. For example, starting quarterback, Chris Baker, didn’t play in the Friday, September 11th game against Stuarts Draft, because he was injured during the game against Staunton River. “It’s just another challenge” says Moran.

Head coach Derek McDaniel says, “We are doing great on defense”. With a shutout in the game against Wilson and multiple picks against Draft.

McDaniel says, “The giants are doing huge things on defense.” If the Giants keep up on the defensive front, they are expected to do well. McDaniel thinks the areas in which the giants could improve are, small penalties,and simple mistakes. A penalty such as a false start could allow the other team a chance to score.

Another area that McDaniel says the Varsity players need to work on is cutting out the small mistakes. A missed catch or missing a routine field goal could make or break a game.

“We work on things like that every day” says Moran.

“At the end of the day, us coaches don’t measure the success of our players in wins and losses, we just want everyone to do their job right.” The 2015 team may be the first group of starting players that are graduating together. Quarterback Chris Baker says “I plan to play at Old Dominion, JMU, or Appalachian State. ” Coming off of last years success the coaches hope for an exciting season. McDaniel says, “I just look forward to going out on the field every friday and seeing if everyone does what they’re supposed to.”


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