PREVIEW: “We need to learn our assignments a little more and get our chemistry down”

The St. Mark Lions kicked-off their National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association football season with a 28-0 loss to the St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish at their home field last Thursday (Sept. 25).

In the season opener, the Lions played a strong first half but at halftime, the team was down by six points.

The second half was not as strong and consisted of one major offensive drive, which ended on an interception.

Even though the Lions played a good game, they hit a stroke of bad luck.

“We need to learn our assignments a little more and get our chemistry down,” said Lions’ NiCarlo Funai, a grade 11 student who was playing his favourite position defensive end, as well as offence and special teams.

Funai added that the biggest aspect the Lions needs to work on is its commitment to and during practice.

“Some days we only have about 18 guys at practice,” explained Funai. “We don’t even have enough bodies to run our defence and offence at the same time for a scrimmage, which makes it a problem because then we don’t get to learn all our plays.”

Funai hopes that the Lions can improve their commitment to practice in this upcoming week in preparation for their next game.

“I wanna improve the commitment, that’s really all I’m worried about as of right now, nothing else worries me,” said Funai.

The multi-position player knows that one game does not define them and that the next game signifies a new week.

The Lions’ next game is against the Ashbury Colts on Oct. 4 at TD Place Stadium, with St. Mark as the home team. Kick-off will be at 12:30pm.

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