This Friday the boys football team will take the field against one of their tougher opponents on the season, Culver Academies. As they play Culver they will be looking to bounce back from last year’s loss with a big win at home on senior night. I interview Coach Brian Parker, to get his perspective on this upcoming game. Let’s talk to Coach.
How do you feel about Friday’s game?
Friday night will present a great test for our team. We’ve had a solid week of practice, so I believe we’ll come out and give them everything we’ve got.
Who is one player to look out for this week?
We’re fortunate to get Bryan Hoover back this week. He was our leading receiver from last season, so it’ll allow our offense to take another step forward this week
What is your mindset going into the game?
The mindset is the same as it is every week…control what we can control and play for each other and the score will sort itself out.
Do you think you will bounce back from last year’s game with Culver?
Since this is year three since I’ve been here, I really look at this being the year to take the next step and establish our dominance in this conference and begin becoming legitimate contenders year-in-and-year-out for a sectional 25 title.
How is your team staying safe with Covid-19?
We’re following the necessary protocols given to us by our administration (i.e. wearing masks in the building, socially distancing, staggering the amount of players in the locker room)
Who’s an underclassmen to look out for this season?
I believe we have a large group of underclassmen to keep an eye on throughout the year, but the one I’d say that, to this point, that has been the most impactful is Sophomore WR/DB Gannan Howes.
What’s your thoughts on the rest of the season on the hot offense?
With Covid being such a lingering element in our season, I honestly haven’t really looked ahead at the rest of the season.
Favorite memory as a football coach ?
I have a handful of memories as a coach. Winning my first sectional game as a head coach a couple years ago at home against Wheeler, coaching in a close semi-state game as an assistant at Merrillville. My first game as a varsity coach was against Warren Central at Lucas Oil Stadium and that was a really cool experience!
What got you into being a football coach?
I’ve been around the game of football my entire life. My father was a coach a long time ago and then he transitioned to becoming an official and he would take me to games w/ him and I would get to stand on the sidelines and I just fell in love with the speed and physicality of the game. I played football in high school and in college and coaching has allowed me to still be a part of it.
Do you and the boys have any pre-game rituals?
I’m not a big pre-game ritual kind of guy. I never really have been. I always try to sneak a nap in and take a shower, but that’s about it. The boys have their little football prayer they do before we take the field.
Upon hearing his thoughts on the game, the boys appear to be ready to take on Culver at the Den at 6:30. Tickets are being sold ahead of time, so don’t forget to contact the main office at Hanover to secure yours.
Don’t forget masks up, 6 feet apart, and be ready to watch a great game on senior night. This game is one to see, so come out and make some noise for these seniors!