By Daniel Nerenxa and Ethan Guay
Wethersfield Football has been on a rollercoaster ever since COVID-19 hit back in 2020, disrupting their highly anticipated season. The Eagles are coming off of a season that consisted of missing the playoffs after finishing 6-4 behind then-freshman Quarterback Camden Righi and junior Wide Receiver Ethan Lemos. Coming into the new season, hopes are high for both Lemos and the Eagles, who currently sit at 4-1 on the season.
Now WR1 on the Eagles' depth chart, Lemos posted 24 receptions for 340 yards last season with a total of 5 touchdowns. He comes into this season hoping to improve on his previous seasons' stats, as he says, “I hope that I will do good, that we will make the playoffs, and that we will go far in the playoffs.”
Lemos currently has 15 receptions for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns through a total of 5 games. He is already on pace to crush his previous season's stats with 5 games remaining in the season.
Another breakout star for the Eagles is senior offensive lineman Evin Adhin, who is coming off a season-ending leg surgery last year. Through the first half of the season, Adhin hasn’t allowed a single sack and records 4 pancakes on the season as of October 6, 2022
Both Lemos and Adhin have unfortunately missed out on their sophomore years due to the circumstances of COVID-19. When asked about how COVID had impacted their high school careers, both Adhin and Lemos shared strong feelings on the topic. Adhin tells us, “Losing my sophomore year has affected my development as a football player and understanding of the sport”. Lemos shared similar thoughts, telling us, it affected his career because he lost a full year.
We were able to get interviews with both core seniors before their 14-7 win over the Enfield Eagles in Friday night’s homecoming game. Off to a phenomenal start, we were able to ask the senior offensive lineman what his goals were for the team this season. Adhin tells us, “My hopes are to stay healthy, have fun, and have a successful season”.
Following that, we were wondering what these athletes were planning for after their final season comes to an end. Is football in college an option? Well, we got the answers from the seniors themselves, as Lemos tells us that he is leaning more towards baseball after high school rather than football, his final decision however hasn’t been made yet. Adhin tells us, “Right now, I'm talking to a few different colleges.” He continues to go on to say, “Football is definitely something that I would like to continue in college”
It is clear the Eagles are aiming for a State Championship run this year, and they have the talent to do so. Led by third-year head coach Matthew Mckinnon and an amazing senior class, the Wethersfield Eagles go into their bye week soaring with confidence.
As the Eagles have two weeks to prepare for their away contest against the 1-4 Hall Titans, hopes are high for the Eagles to win out. The road ahead for the Eagles won’t be an easy one but if they continue to play at an elite level, their hopes of a State Title become more and more achievable.
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