“Winning Mentality” by Amherst senior Colton Groholski
By Colton Groholski
Amherst senior wide receiver/cornerback
Who are we? We are Amherst Football, we are classmates, we are friends, we are… brothers. For many, this is our last year to put it all on the field, and what we do now will define us. We come out every Friday night ready to put our all into the game we love.
Amherst High School is home to Falcon football, who are just about to finish their season when other schools have already finished theirs in Level 1 Playoffs.
We are fortunate enough to be going into a fourth consecutive State Championship Game with the record of 12-1.
However, getting this far is not just luck. It is hard work in the off season and at practice. When a team has athletic guys that want to put in the work to be good, Marcus Glodowski, Thomas Anderson, Max Villnow to name a few, will no doubt be the reason for success.
If you would have asked Marcus when he was a freshman if he was going be the starting quarterback with 31 rushing touchdowns and 14 passing touchdowns with the state game yet to play, he would have said you’re crazy.
But he decided early in his high school career to put the time in, in the weight room and do his best at practice every day to become the best he can be. Others with the same work ethic also contribute greatly to the team, like Bryce Holderman with 14 rushing touchdowns and 90 tackles on the season thus far. Although Bryce suffered a concussion last week against Grantsburg, his attitude stays true.
This small school, practically in the middle of Wisconsin, has big dreams and does everything in their power to prepare themselves for every Friday night under the lights.
The season starts in the August heat and doesn’t end until the bitter cold of November, but every Friday night the goal remains the same, 1-0.
We don’t care about any other team in the entire state until we have taken care of business, and then we move our sights to the next target. Same goes for our next game, which will be hosted at no where else but Camp Randall down in Madison at 4 p.m. We come to play, we come to win. 1-0 is the mentality the team shares.
A big help for our program is the fundraising at the beginning of the season. Without it we would not have the high caliber equipment we have.
Amherst football is a band of brothers who care for each other, but also expect the absolute best out of one another. We stay focused and never give up, that is how we do what we do. Tune in this Thursday to see football at its best.