Friday’s championship against Perry Street Prep is the last time they’ll take the field for the Black Knights, and if all goes well they’ll capture a third straight Capital Area Football Conference championship.
All agreed playing for Avalon football was a great experience and gave them a brotherhood they will miss, but never lose sight of.
“Playing at Avalon has given me an opportunity to play a sport I love with brothers who I have been with for years,” said Tommy Vince, a starting linebacker.
Others look to the future and are thankful for the friends they’ve meet along the way. During this time they’ve formed a belief in themselves that should carry them through as they go separate ways to college.
“Even though this road is ending, I know that another will be starting next year,” said running back Rachid Ibrihim, a Pittsburgh commit.
Although their high school careers are coming to an end many of them are grateful they could show the younger athletes how to win.
The junior class following them have big shoes to fill and the seniors have been working with them to make that an easy step.
“We need to allow the juniors to step up and be leaders during the off season, so they can work just as hard if not harder then we did,” said wide receiver Bernard Koissy.
Three seniors plan on attempting to play in college. Rachid Ibrihim, Avalon’s all-time leading rusher, is a Pittsburgh commit. Jacquille Veii, a dynamic talent who ran a 4.3 40 yard dash this past summer, just de-committed from Maryland and is still deciding where he wants to attend to play football. Tommy Vince, a stalwart on the defense since his freshman year, is looking into playing Division III football.
However, for this week there is one goal, and one goal only.
“I want one last championship,” said Ibrihim.
The Avalon Black knights play their last game of the season in the conference championship at George Mason this Friday at 7 pm.
“It will be an emotional moment,” said Billy Kanter. “It’s the last time.”
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