Zay, Phillips hope to carry season’s lessons into future

The football team just wrapped up a season of ups and downs, that included impressive wins and heartbreaking losses. Throughout those games, the team received many impressive individual contributions, like Sam Riegert’s 13 rushing touchdowns.

Two players who played particularly important roles were Jacob Zay, who received First Team All-District Honorable Mention, and Dominic Phillips, who received First Team All-District. Overall, the team had the third best record in the district, behind Delano and Glencoe.

Since each player was only a junior, Jacob and Dominic will be able to lead the team their senior year and help advance the Holy Family football program. Coach Hopkins is thrilled to get the boys back on the field and is proud of their accomplishments thus far: “Jacob has so many responsibilities as the starting quarterback for the second year in a row. Although he improved dramatically this season, he still has a lot of work to do to lead the team into his senior season.”

Hopkins added, “Dominic is the play caller on the defensive side, not only leading his team in the correct strategic plan, but also spiritually and emotionally. Both players are blessed to have great families along with great teammates surrounding them.”

Statistically, Jacob Zay, had an impressive season starting every game as a junior, while accumulating 803 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. He also threw for 653 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Reflecting on the season, Jacob said, “My favorite part about football is being able to play one of my favorite sports with all of my friends. Our team had a strong start to the season, but we hit a rough patch. We came together and were able to end the season on a good note.” Jacob’s accomplishments this season exemplified his expertise as a player and he will be able to carry these into his senior season as the varsity starting quarterback.

Dominic Phillips, also had a phenomenal season statistically, with a total of 94 tackles. Additionally, Dominic averaged 20 yards per kickoff return, and contributed a key 39 yard interception return as well as a fumble recovery.

“My favorite part of the season was winning the homecoming game, because that team shut us out last year, and it was good to get a solid win especially in front of the homecoming crowd,” Dominic shared.