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CEDAR RAPIDS — Every Friday when the Cedar Rapids Xavier football team takes the field, fans see only what happens during the game.
What fans may not see is the players who work tirelessly every day at practice to help the team prepare for its next game, even though they might not play a single down.
These players might not get recognition in the newspaper on Saturday morning, but they are just as vital as the players who see their names in the headlines. The scout team works throughout the week playing against the starters at practice to try and replicate the opposing team.
While they may not get the recognition they deserve, the starters appreciate them.
“We are all in this together. This is a team effort,” senior receiver Gabe Lux said. “The scout team is just as important as any of the starters, and we would not be successful without them.”
Throughout the week, the scout team religiously studies film of the opposition in order to do its best to give the starters a replica of the upcoming game. When a fan sees the defense get a sack or make a tackle for a loss, the scout team can be thanked for helping prepare the defensive strategy.
Junior tackle Derrick Voss, a proud member of scout team, said it is all about helping the team.
“Coach just shows us a picture of an opponent’s play, and we try to copy it,” Voss said. “We just try to give the starters a good look.”
There also is a high incentive for members of scout team. No starting position is guaranteed every week, and members of the scout team always have the chance to get more playing time if they perform well in practice.
The coaches are always watching the effort put into practice, and it pays to perform well. said senior lineman David Eberle.
“Working hard in practice always pays off,” Eberle said. “Members of the scout team can play on special teams, or even get increased play time if there is an injury or if someone isn’t performing.”
The Saints conclude the regular season tonight against South Tama. The scout team and starters will attempt to finish their regular season undefeated for second straight year.