RHS football begins quest to prove rankings are overrated


Senior Quaid Vincent runs the offense at annual Red & Black scrimmage

Senior Quaid Vincent runs the offense at annual Red & Black scrimmage
Senior Quaid Vincent runs the offense at annual Red & Black scrimmage

By: Javon Harris Sports Editor
Rankings have never been a problem for the Rangeview High School Athletics, especially for the football team. Whether it’s #4 or #10, the 2014-2015 Raider football players are very eager to start this year no matter what the rankings say.
Despite switching conferences from the EMAC league to the 5A South Metro League and adding tougher matchups to the schedule, the Rangeview football fans are still optimistic about this year. How will this year weigh out as opposed to every other year? One thing that should answer this question is the fact that the Rangeview team won the annual Hog Wars this summer, led by seniors Sione Vakafuhu, Alonzo Neal, Richard King, and Thomas Miller. With an offensive line like that, many believe that anything is possible.
If anybody should know how the team is going to do this year is the man with a plan, Senior. QB Quaid Vincent. “I’m real confident about the team this year,” said Vincent. “We are going to be better than last year because we add a whole lot of chemistry on the field, I’m real confident in our coaching staff this year, I believe that they can lead us to where we want to be and Coach Ryan should do a great job at Offensive Coordinator.”
With a courageous QB under snap, Head Coach Dave Gonzales should have nothing to worry about. When asked about the upcoming season, Gonzales said, “The potential is very exciting, we could go a long way.”
This is, in fact, true; the Rangeview Football team is returning many seniors to this team who add, “great experience,” according to Gonzales. Coach Gonzales also added that “this is the best combination of size, speed, and skill on the field.”
Switching conferences can be difficult in many ways, but not to Coach Gonz. “The conference is pretty wide open. I think all the coaches are licking their lips and believe that they can win the league when in fact we have a pretty good shot at it.”
For every “dynasty”, there is a heart and soul of the team, and this year on the Rangeview Football team; it’s Senior. FB Travis Good. (Also known more informally as TGod) Good said, “The team has a strong base for each other and should do a lot better than last year.”
The passion that Travis carries was put on display Friday August 22 against a tenacious Chaparral team. Not only was Good sticking up for his teammates during an on-field skirmish, he was making an impact on and off the field.
As the season opens tonight Thursday August 28 at APS stadium, the hard work and dedication will be on display.
-Check here tomorrow for the full recap and box score