Call Of Victory Is Deafening

Football Team Adjusts to Shortened Season but Succeeds


Luca Blocking for Pete

The West Geauga varsity football team has continued to make great strides forward as a program and has shown toughness and grit throughout all the adversity of this past year. The Wolverines finished 5-5 overall last year, so finishing an abbreviated regular season with a 5-1 record was a huge step forward for the program. They ultimately ended up 6-2 after the shortened season, winning their first round playoff game versus Akron East, 26-0, before bowing out from a Round II loss to Akron St. V – St. M.  

This 43 man varsity team was led by third year head coach, Mr. Adam Sopkovich, offensive coordinator Mr. Adam Lowther, and defensive coordinator Mr. Scott Larrick. This varsity team was ranked as high as seventh in their district this year and achieved an all -around great season that will be looked back on by future classes. 

Coach Sopkovich was very pleased with the season as, “We accomplished a couple goals this year and made the playoffs in Division III football, and were able to win a playoff game and build for our future.” He explained one of the main reasons this team made the playoffs was the way they, “…gelled as a family and put in hard work when nobody was watching.” 

Coach Sop also explained the difficulties of preparing for the season. In previous years the preseason would consist of about 50 guys in the weight room at one time. This, however, was not possible due to the pandemic, but, “Our captains and leaders on this squad took it upon themselves to organize some group activities.” This hunger and determination helped the Wolverines this year with their chemistry and skill on the field. It helped build character and leadership skills.  

The team was full of leaders and great players and they have the awards to prove it. There were three all – district first team offensive players: Danny Stewart (QB), Luca Gasbarrino (OL), and Joey DiLalla (K). This is a great sign for the future of the program as these three young men will be back next year, hoping to go even further in the playoffs their senior years. Stewart had a great season in his first year starting at varsity quarterback and was a leader and team player throughout the whole season. Stewart said, “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog. We weren’t the biggest team on the field, but our guys just wanted it more than theirs.” 

Coach Sop explained that he’s  been coaching for over two decades and he has never seen anything like this before, but everyone worked together as a team to keep the season going. He was extremely happy about the way his players and staff handled the season and noted how it’s all about “family” and this season proved that statement to be true. 

Coach Sop wants his guys to remember, “No weapon formed against you can ever prosper, as long as you keep faith, look out for your brother and achieve. Don’t look past those moments…be 100% in tune.”