Home Field Advantage Holds Power for Football Players

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Home Field Advantage Holds Power for Football Players

The Hylton Varsity Football Team at the homecoming game.

The Hylton Varsity Football Team at the homecoming game.

The Hylton Varsity Football Team at the homecoming game.

The Hylton Varsity Football Team at the homecoming game.

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Hylton varsity football is currently 5-3. The home field advantage holds a lot of power for the team; they have won four of five home games. 

 Junior Colby Bond said, “We feed off the crowd’s energy and it’s a nice environment.”  

Hylton opened the season off on Aug. 30 with a win during their first game, crushing Mount Vernon 59-7. The team also beat Gar-Field 14-7 on Sept. 13. Hylton beat West Potomac 34-33 on Sept. 6 and beat Colgan 30-8 on Oct. 4.

Attitude is contagious for the team; energy often determines the game’s outcome. Bond shared it’s tough playing at other schools. The team has a tendency to psych themselves out. 

As the season progressed, the team’s winning streak begin to taper off. Hylton lost to Colonial Forge 59-7 on Sept. 20 and fell to Patriot 42-14 on Sept 27. during the WJLA locally televised game. Freedom also mauled Hylton 46-6 on Oct. 11.

As the record grew, so did the number of injuries.

Star player Colby Bond got hurt at the homecoming game and is now on concussion protocol. Injuries on any team can be deadly to its chances of winning. 

Bond said, “We lost a couple games because we lost some of our players.”   

Varsity Football Assistant Coach Leonard Jackson said, We have had some key guys get injured, and it cost us some big games, but it’s always next man up and we’re confident in any of our guys rotating in after that.”

Even with injuries, Hylton managed to win the homecoming game against Potomac with a score of 48-0 on Oct. 18. 

Looking past the game on Oct. 18, Varsity Football Assistant Coach Thomas Gryder said, “Our objective is to finish out and win our last three games and continue to build on playing as good as we can from week to week.”

“We have played against some pretty good teams. You hope that playing good teams in the season will help you prepare for the playoffs.”

Hylton plays Woodbridge at home on Nov. 1.