Although they lost 43-31 in their season finale against Clinton, the Redskins ended their season on a positive note.
Trailing 31-7 at halftime, they scored 18 straight points and quarterback Noah Sims set a school record for passing yards.
Sims went 10 for 22 for 315 yards and four touchdown passes. He broke the old record of 273 set by Mike McCrea in 1987 against Little Falls.
”While we didn’t get the win, this was a nice way to end our season, certainly on a positive note,” Cooperstown coach Mark Segina said.
The Redskins got their first win in two years in the season opener against New York Mills before losing their final seven games -- four of those were to ranked opponents -- but Segina said he believes the team is heading in the right direction.
”My goal going into this season was to work on developing the building blocks,” he said, “the overall culture that we need to become a successful football program not only for this year but also going forward. Looking at our progress, I would say that we achieved that goal.”
The Redskins will lose only five seniors, although they were all key members of this year’s team: Sims, Sawyer Haney, John Brown and co-captains Jacob Miller and Kevin Segit.
”They helped in establishing a great team culture this season,” Segina said. “I watched throughout the year how our older players helped our younger players learn, become better athletes and also, more importantly, become part of a tight knit team.
”When I spoke to the senior captains at the beginning of the season, I realized just how much these kids had been through. My system was the fourth one that they where learning during their football careers,” he continued, “yet they always came to practice with a very positive attitude, worked hard and led by example.”