Prep Football

Lisbon football was a learning experience in 2018

Lions didn't win a game, but foundation in place

Exploding off the ball, senior Traysen Schaefer starts his route against North Tama. (Amayah Bergeson/Lisbon)
Exploding off the ball, senior Traysen Schaefer starts his route against North Tama. (Amayah Bergeson/Lisbon)

LISBON — Just like every other high school, the Lisbon football team looked up to its seniors this fall.

The seniors on this team had their hands full with only four of them leading 18 underclassmen.

Hagen Waters, who started at quarterback, was one of those four seniors, stepping into that role for the first time because the Lions didn’t have anyone else to fill the spot.

“He stepped up to quarterback when our team needed one the most,” said junior varsity quarterback Gavin Wollum, a freshman.

Waters understood this season was a learning experience, and there was no way but up for these young Lions.

Lisbon finished 0-9.

“ ... We were in their shoes at one point,” he said of the young players. “The only thing we can control is attitude and effort.”

“It is different because we have always been led because that older class had such a good leadership impact,” senior Ryne Mohrfeld said.

Waters and Mohrfeld were helped of fellow seniors Traysen Shaefer and Jakob Gienapp. All have been part of older, talented teams. This year was very different, but they adapted and tried to make it work.

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