Despite a blowout loss Nov. 3 during their Waterloo County A division quarterfinal playoff game, the Elmira District Secondary School (EDSS) senior football team had its best season ever.
EDSS would lose 48-2 against Sir John A Macdonald (SJAM) last week, but head coach Steve Karn was very pleased with how the team performed overall this year.
“We had a lot of firsts this season,” said Karn. “We moved up to the A division playoffs, which was the first time we had ever done that, and the team ended up with the best record the school has ever seen.”
The team won four games in a row, which they had never accomplished before. And they beat the perennial powerhouse Cameron Heights for the first time ever this season.
The Lancers ended their B division season with a 5-2 record, good enough for a three-way tie for first place. After the WCSAA tiebreaking procedures, the team found itself in second place overall.
The Lancers will be advancing to the A division next year. At the end of each season, points are added up for both the senior and junior teams, with the top three teams in B go up to A while the bottom three teams in A drop to B.
Karn said he was pleased with the way the team came together this season and contributed to the year’s success. He praised the team as a whole, but noted that some players had an outstanding season, including receiver Ted Sebben and running back Sab Huber, a Grade 11 student who still has two more years with the team.
“We may have lost badly against SJAM in our quarterfinal game, but they were the second place team in the A division; they took it to us pretty good. SJAM were used to playing A-caliber teams all season and they tend to be a little better to begin with, but the boys were happy to be where they were. They pulled off a successful season and everyone worked hard – what they accomplished this season was pretty amazing,” said Karn.
The team is already looking towards next season and is hoping to build on the recent successes.
Although as with any team some key players will be graduating this year and the coaching staff will be looking at the junior team to fill some key positions.
“We know this happens every year. We had a good junior squad this season and hope to continue our success next year.”