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Lowell football in jeopardy

Jocelyn Xie, Sports Editor

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The Lowell football team is practicing despite facing the chance of not being able to play any games.

Lifting his head up from the roster, the head coach of the Lowell football team, Danny Chan, gave forth a slight sigh. “This might be the worst year,” he said. It was not a pessimistic presumption. With 16 players on varsity, including two girls, and only 11 on frosh-soph, the football team is facing a shortage of players. In order to become an official team and play in the CIF San Francisco Section, each team needs 18 players.

Christina Johnson
Head coach Danny Chan observes his players during practice including juniors Ronald Pollick and Young Cho.

The cause for this dilemma, according to Chan, is a combination of the NFL’s frequent discussion of concussions and a lack of courage from the Lowell student body. “The funny thing is that there are 2,700 kids here,” Chan said, “and yet we can’t get one percent to come out for football.” While he admitted that football is a “vigorous sport,” he still encouraged Lowell students to come out to the field and actually try it out. After all, Chan said, “High school football is a great opportunity to put on the helmet and shoulder pads.”

Despite seeing the unfilled positions on the team, Chan is optimistic about the season and the team’s performance. As their first game on September 14 is drawing closer, Chan encourages the student body to leave behind their concerns and join football. Looking afar to the field where his team was running in different formations, Chan said, “It is really up to the Lowell community to make this happen.”

About the Contributors
Jocelyn Xie, Sports Editor

Her last name, "Xie," is Jocelyn's favorite word to say in life for it means "to thank" in Chinese.

Christina Johnson, Multimedia Editor

I joined the Lowell publication after going to an information meeting. I wanted to become a reporter, but everyone in the information meeting raised their hand to become a photographer...being too shy to be the only one interested in reporting, I raised my hand to become a photographer too. I’m glad I raised my hand that day and now I can enjoy giving Lowell the best graphics I can. When I’m not taking pictures for the publication, I’m taking pictures of cute dogs, pigeons, and flowers I find around the city or playing DDR at an arcade. You definitely won’t find me at the beach because I hate sand.

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