The 2018 football season is in the meat of our season. Since the last publication, our varsity football team traveled to St. Cloud and came out with a 50-13 victory on Sept. 14. The following week was a bye week for our varsity football team. Even though it was a bye week, we continued to get better and honed our skills to keep us from getting rusty for our next game. On Sept. 28, we had our homecoming game against Windermere High School. We were able to cap off our homecoming week with a 49-7 win over Windermere.
The following week, we traveled to Celebration High School, where our Lions came out with a 42-0 victory. On Oct. 12, Harmony High School came to the Lion’s Den in an important district matchup game. Unfortunately, our Lions fell to the Longhorns 41-12 in a tough loss. Our last three games of the season will be against East River (Oct. 19), Liberty High School (Oct. 25), and Wekiva (Nov. 2). Our boys will travel to East River and then Liberty and Wekiva high schools will travel to Nemours Stadium. We hope to continue seeing the Lake Nona community out at the games, supporting the team.
Our JV and freshman teams have also been hard at work since the last publication. On Sept. 13, our freshmen team played Timber Creek home at Nemours Stadium. We were originally supposed to play Cypress Creek, but they did not have enough players for a freshman team, so we were able to schedule to play a second game against Timber Creek. Unfortunately, our freshman team lost a close game against Timber Creek. On the same night, our JV team traveled to take on Cypress Creek, where they came out with a 38-0 victory.
The following week, Sept. 20, both our JV and freshman teams traveled to Winter Park High School. Both teams came home with a victory. Freshman won 7-0, and JV won 18-14. Both games were well played by both teams, and the two victories were hard fought. On Sept. 27, our freshman and JV games against East River were canceled due to weather. The freshman were able to make it through the first half of the game before the weather came. Unfortunately, JV did not get to play that week as their game was canceled before they were able to play due to weather conditions. However, thanks to the efforts of Lake Nona’s and East River’s coaches and athletic directors, we were able to reschedule the freshman and JV games against East River to Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Nemours Stadium.
On Oct. 4, our freshman and JV teams hosted Timber Creek at Nemours Stadium. This was our freshman team’s second time playing Timber Creek. Unfortunately, our freshmen did not come out with the victory this time. However, we got to see every player’s heart and determination; they did not give up and gave everything they had until the last whistle of the game. Our JV team also fell to Timber Creek, but they fought until the last whistle. On Oct. 11, our freshman team traveled to Oak Ridge High School, where our boys came out with a 21-12 victory. Oak Ridge did not have enough players for a JV team, so our JV team was not able to compete that night. Oct. 16 is the make-up game for the freshman and JV teams against East River at Lake Nona High School, and then Oct. 18, University will travel to Lake Nona to compete against our freshman and JV teams. We hope to see the community out at the games to support our Lions.