Successful season for Mason football – Web Exclusive

Katelyn Cain | Staff Writer

Despite falling in the season finale to Sycamore in an exciting triple overtime game, the Comet football team completed a season marked by tremendous improvement.  The team finished the season 5-5 overall and tied for third in the GMC with 4-3 record.

Photo credit to Dwight Huff

Senior wide receiver Ben Woycke said that the team had a great season and worked as a unit.

“We won a lot more games and the games that we lost were really close games that we could have won,” Woycke said.

Woycke also said that Coach Brian Castner had a huge impact on the team and is one of the reasons the team did so well.

“He created a better sense of work ethic within the whole team,” Woycke said. “He created more of a bond so that we were a unit instead of just 11 guys that [went] out there and [tried] to play for [our]selves. Last year everyone would get frustrated because they were trying to make plays on their own instead of trusting their teammates.”

Sophomore defensive back John Deaton said that Castner’s message of teamwork created a strong bond between teammates.

“He promoted family and being together right from the start,” Deaton said. “There were times when we faced adversity and we battled back, and as a team we were all brothers and we shared a bond that not many other teams have.”

Deaton said that he feels more confident about the teams’ results this year and hopes that the team will continue in the right direction.

“I feel a lot better [than last season] and I feel confident that next year we’ll improve even more, and have our first winning season in a while and make it to the playoffs,” Deaton said.

Despite the fact that the team will be losing many seniors, next year Woycke said he still believes that the team will be strong.

“They’ll still be strong because they’ve had one year under coach Castner so they’ll be used to the plays and how he runs things so the season will flow a lot better, and I think the team will do really well,” Woycke said.