The Ingalls High School football team is excited to get the season going after putting in several hours of work in the weight room and on the field this summer. This year’s team includes seniors Lorenzo Cervantes, Tate Davis, Cole Lehmen, Benjamin Meador, Weston Millershaski, and Edgar Ruiz. The juniors are Cooper Beavers, Tyson Bleumer, and Braydon Irsik. Sophomores include Will Ast, Hayden Cure, Jacob Daily, Tater Dwyre, Brenden Ellis, Edwin Ruiz, and Cole Teeter. Representing the freshmen are Mikol Cohn, Danny Escobedo, Drew Maestas, Malachi Meador, Myron Miller, Stevie Porras, Kevin Ruiz, Layton Simon, and Juan Varela. The coaching staff includes Head Coach, Vestal Teeter; Offensive Coordinator, Braden Pelischek; Defensive Coordinator, Josh Meis; and Manager, Mitchell Lehmen.
Some improvements were made around the school for the football team this season. At the football field, a new speaker system was installed. Also, a new camera was installed for the ability to livestream home games online. New lights were installed around the football field and east of the school for better lighting at night to help people see when leaving the games. The school has also provided the team with new practice jerseys.
Josh Meis is the new defensive coordinator this season. This is his first year as a coach. He has 15 years of experience in football. Coach Meis thinks the team is going to have a winning season over 500. He thinks we will have a strong team and will work out the problems through the season. Coach Meis expects to have a solid defense and that bringing his knowledge from 11 man to 8 man will be a little difficult. We will have a good solid defense. Coronavirus has also brought a challenge to the team. Coach Meis said there will be a 15 yard penalty for not wearing a mask. The team has to wipe down the weights after use. The weight room moved to the old board room. The weights program helped the team get stronger and stay in shape through the season. There were also some improvements on defense that helped put a meaning to all the heavier weights being added to the routines. Coach Meis loves being around us and teaching us to work as a team and help the younger classmen. It can be nerve racking showing everyone what we have been working on, but he loves being a coach and he doesn’t know why he didn’t start coaching sooner. He wants to help by using the knowledge he gained over his 15 years of exposure to football and knowing what he can fix and help improve on.
Ingalls hosted South Gray on September 4th for the first game of the season. The Bulldogs put up a fight, but ultimately fell short in the 3rd quarter with the score being 56-6 in South Gray’s favor.
Article by Will Ast, Hayden Cure, Jacob Daily