by Charlie Pentland
Las Lomas football hopes to rebound from an 11-2 record in league play in 2019 and bring back an NCS title to the school. With plenty of new transfers, the program will have a surplus of talent to help get back to competing at a high level. With 2020 marked by a worldwide pandemic, the season has been delayed until further notice but as professional sports begin to return, so does high school. With Las Lomas football recently starting back up, it’s now the perfect time to preview what this year’s team may have in store for students and fans alike.
With last year’s team featuring many graduating seniors, there are a lot of new faces on the team including junior College Park transfer Dimond Loosli. Loosli, playing the quarterback position, will hold a prominent role this year as one of the more talented players on the team. When asked about first working with head coach Doug Longero, Loosli said “Once I met Coach Longero, he gave me a sense that I had a new home which gave me confidence in saying that I’m a Knight now. Since January 27, I have been working with him and the team to improve our connection and relationship with each other. We work one step at a time and continue to build our team into a family.”
Another new face on the varsity team is sophomore Alex Lisi. Previously coming off a junior varsity team where he saw plenty of playing time, he is excited to make an impact on the varsity level. “Ever since I got pulled up for the playoffs for varsity football being the one of the few sophomores on the team, I’ve really only gotten non stop positive feedback from the upperclassmen and coaches.” One thing I could gather from interviewing this year’s team is the constant positivity and team chemistry. Lisi went on to say “I’m also one or sometimes two grades lower than some of the older guys and they keep on supporting me and pushing me to work harder in hopes of possibly moving to the next level of football after high school.”
Coming off one of the best seasons in Las Lomas history, assistant coach Mike Ivankovich commented about his expectations for this year’s players. “Las Lomas Football is preparing for the season by being ready to play. The team is very good and will be ready when the season begins.
We are very talented across the board including returning players and players new to the program. So the expectation is that we are a championship level team.” After helping coach a team that made it to the NCS championship game season last Coach Ivankovich knows what it takes to get back to that winning level of play.
Las Lomas’s beloved battle of the creek game against rival Northgate takes place on Friday, January 29th at Las Lomas. This is the first matchup for knights against Northgate since last year’s battle of the creek where the knights beat Northgate by a score of 56-10. Be sure to also mark your calendars for March 12th as the Knights take on district rival Campolindo high school. Last year’s matchup against the Cougars ended in a heartbreaking loss of 31-14 in favor of Campolindo.
When talking about some of the greatest teams in sports history, one thing is in common: team chemistry. Las Lomas has a coach that is known by his players for creating a close team environment and good team chemistry: “I think our team’s chemistry this year is pretty good, we have a lot of players moving up and they fit in real well. We’re with each other every day almost so we all talk and hang out, so I think it’s going to be a good season and everyone will fit right in.” said sophomore Kicker Nick Barret
With positive remarks from coaches and players alike, one thing is for certain: this year’s team is tight knit and ready to work hard for hopes at an NCS title. With talented transfers and promising upperclassmen, this team has championship ambitions.