The 2020 season has not been kind to the Presentation College football team in any way, shape, or form.
The Saints have started the season 0-5 with four games left on their schedule and have battled injuries and COVID restrictions throughout. It has been a tough stretch for a team that had high hopes going into the 2020 season.
“The attitude has been bad and it seems like guys stop competing the second we go down” said senior Defensive End and team captain Alexander Karp. The same thoughts were echoed by his teammate and fellow captain, Offensive Tackle Riggs Tann. “It seems like the guys stop giving it their all and start to lag as soon as we go down.”
Indeed, this ‘here we go again’ mindset is incredibly tough to overcome and can significantly hinder a team’s ability to overcome a mountain. As is the case with every season though, no matter how bad it is, there is always a silver lining.Tann echoed the thought that even though the season has been a struggle, he has seen a young offensive core greatly improve on a week-to-week basis. He brought up the “Uncle Mo” slogan that the team embraces that refers to building momentum and keeping it once you got it. Karp brought out the point that even though the season has not looked pretty, the defense has played very well and he has seen significant growth from the younger players.
Even though the season has been rough, it is still very important to remember that the season is only halfway over. When Tann was asked on what he needs to do as a captain to make sure that the second half of the season was better than the first half, he made it clear that it was his responsibility to remain positive no matter the circumstances and ensure that his teammates kept their heads up and were ready to battle whatever adversity comes their way.When asked the same question Karp had a bit of a different response on what he felt he needed to do; “It is my job to hold these guys accountable and make sure they stay disciplined the rest of the season. It is time to show these guys some tough love.”
Even though it easy to write off the Saints after the tough stretch they have endured to start the season, one must remember that it is only half-way over. The quarterback situation that has been an Achilles heel for them all season seems to have finally resolved with the emergence of redshirt sophomore Hunter Giffrow and the defense continues to perform well. We should all do whatever we can to help support and cheer on the Presentation College Saints football team as they look to end the 2020 season on a high note.