Responsibilities Extend Beyond Field for Football Captains

Ryan (Fuzz) French, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The Triton football team is off to a quick 2-0 start. With the win last Thursday and the win two Fridays ago the Tritons have set themselves up for a good season.

But in order for the Tritons to have another deep run in the playoffs the team will need good leadership. This year’s captains are four young men who have been playing since freshman year.

The captains are linebacker Mitch Chosa, quarterback Wes Glime, defensive end Josh Cribben and lineman Ryan French.

These captains are not just picked by the coach. During the early two-a-day practices all players from freshman to senior get to have a say in who the program’s leaders will be. Each player receives five votes and can decide who to give their votes to. Granted the voting is not the ultimate decider in who the captains are, but Coach Mike Rader does take the votes very seriously.

The captains have many responsibilities that carry beyond the field.

“A responsibility is being not just a leader on the field but off it as well. We have to make sure everyone is doing the right thing and representing our program in a good way,” said Chosa.

While the team has a main goal, captain Cribben has his own goal in mind.

“I have the goal of wanting to lead this team to success not only on the field but off it,” Cribben stated.

The Tritons won last week; however, the game was a nail-biter all the way until the end. The Tritons were only up by three headed into the second half and then only up by one score headed into the fourth quarter.

In order for the Tritons to have a run, they may have to make some adjustments.

“We just need to shore up some things on both sides of the ball and really try to perfect what we are trying to do so that we can make a run,” said Cribben.

The Tritons play this Thursday at Sheboygan North at 7 p.m.  

In looking towards the Friday game, captain French said, “We are hopefully going to go down and play well and get another W.”