CEDAR RAPIDS — Reaching the final year of participation in a sport is an accomplishment and a bittersweet moment for an athlete.
After four years of hard work and dedication, senior athletes have finally made their way up the totem pole and now have to say goodbye to their high school career. Throughout the years, they have made such strong bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Every year, Xavier declares one football game as Senior Night, an evening when seniors are acknowledged in their particular sport or activity. On Sept. 16, Xavier recognized all seniors in football, cheerleading and band before and during halftime of the football game.
Oftentimes, seniors use senior night as a time to reflect on their past four years.
“One of my favorite football memories from the past four years was moving up to varsity sophomore year and getting to be on the field at the UNI-Dome,” senior receiver Brett Burns said.
Of the 63 players on the varsity roster, 30 are seniors. A large portion have played football all four years and through middle school together.
“I’m looking forward to getting closer to my teammates and enjoying one final season with the guys I’ve grown up with,” senior defensive back Josh Gerke said.
Xavier looks to remain unbeaten tonight, traveling to Waverly-Shell Rock (4-2, 3-1). Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m.