Football Moves to Spring, Players Hopeful for a Season

Will Drake, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

On September 28 the NDA football season moved to spring.

Earlier that week a player on the team tested positive for COVID-19 only a day before the opener against Kaukanna.

“Heartbreaking” was the word choice of senior Caleb Steffeel.

Steffel missed his entire junior year with a torn Labrum and was hoping this year could make up for his lost year.

The Tritons were looking to avenge their disappointing 2019 season where they finished 1-8 and missed the playoffs for only the second time in school history.

Nevertheless, the Tritons’ season was always up in the air with COVID-19 pandemic.

The team finished second in the Chris Greisen Midwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament and were hoping to carry this momentum into their fall season, but COVID-19 had other plans. 

Concerning the idea of playing in the spring, NDA senior Will Drake said, “It has been a waiting game for both me and my entire senior class. We thought we would have an opportunity to play in fall, but that sadly fell through. We just have to look forward to the spring and hope COVID-19 is less of a risk.”

Drake also lost his junior season with a devastating UCL injury.

The Tritons elected to try to play in the fall even though most of the FRCC elected to play in the spring.

They were preparing to play teams from all around the state ranging, from Menominee to Martin Luther in Milwaukee.

NDA senior Will Zellner weighed in on how he felt after the news.

 “When I found out we were moving to spring, I was disappointed at first. After thinking, I realized we are not the only team that will be in spring, and we will make the best out of the situations that are given to us and we will move forward.”

The Tritons also got left out of the spring plan most of the teams in the FRCC are using with some other area teams. 

The Tritons will be playing a non-conference schedule yet to be announced.

All are hopeful there will be a spring season.