What if you tried as hard as you could and still lost? That’s what some Rogers football team members thought as they walked out of Joe Albi Stadium last week after their third loss, this one to Rogers’ rival, North Central. Nearly halfway through the season, the players are eager for a win, still hoping to change the image of the team as the worst in the league. While its coaches say there are more important battles to win, like those in the classroom, they’re eager, as well.
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Rogers High School football players Jacob Meusy, Dom Sanders and Dalton Waggy, along with teammates, bow their heads in prayer during optional chapel time before the first game of the season, Sept. 6, 2013.
Rogers High School football players Charles Smith, Marcus Phillips and Khalil Winfrey are greeted by bus driver Teresa Keller as they load up at the school before the first game of the season against Shadle Park, Sept. 6, 2013.
Rogers High School football DE Jesse Hegar finds solitude in the training room at Abli Stadium to reflect on the upcoming game as teammates suit up for the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, against Shadle Park.
Rogers High School football player Dalton Waggy carrying the Pirate flag, leads Dom Sanders, Cody Risinger, James Welty and the team onto the Joe Albi Stadium turf for the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, against Shadle Park.
Rogers High School RB James Welty scores the team’s first touchdown of the season on the old Statue of Liberty play, Sept. 6, 2013, agaisnt Shadle Park. Linemen Eric Scollard and Kyle Eldredge plowed the way.
Rogers High School football coach Matt Miethe celebrates the Pirates’ first touchdown of the season after James Welty (32) scored against Shadle Park during the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium.
Rogers High School football coach Matt Miethe tries to come up with a play for QB Dom Sanders to get the Pirates back in the game after falling behind Shadle Park in the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium.
Rogers High School Cody Dodson takes the high road and Charles Smith the low route in bringing down Shadle Park’s Alvin Welch after a 25 yard pass reception and run during the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium.
Rogers High School lineman Melvin Vassar shakes hands with Shadle Park QB Brett Rypien after the Highlanders defeated the Pirates 62-14 in the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium. Rypien threw for five touchdown passes and 323 yard in the first half.
Danish exchange student and soccer player Mads Tranberg drills one of 19 field goals in a row during his second day of practice with the Rogers High School football team, Sept 11, 2013. He missed the first attempt of the day. It was only his second day ever kicking a football. Senior Hank Schmook serves as the place holder for Tranberg.
Rogers High School senior Quinton Cassidy lines up in his Junior ROTC uniform as part of the Color Guard before the school’s homecoming pep con, Sept. 20, 2013. Cassidy changed into his football jersey after the presentation.
Rogers High School teacher and football coach Tony Moser, left, slaps a high-five with junior Desmond Iverson as the pair dress in women’s clothes during the homecoming game pep con before playing North Central, Sept. 20, 2013.
North Central’s James Weigel (22) battles Rogers CB Marcus Phillips for a pass in the second quarter, Sept. 20, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium. The ball bounced up and landed in Weigel’s hands for a touchdown.
Rogers High School football player Jacob Meusy is consoled by cheerleader Kasandra Carter after the homecoming game against North Central, Sept. 20, 2013. “We go to practice. We work our butts off. We just want to win”, says Meusy. Rogers lost 28-21 and fell to 0-3 for the season.
Rogers High School football WR Khalil Winfrey attaches his new Pirate stickers to his helmet after practice, Sept. 24, 2013, at the school. The stickers are awarded by the coaches for outstanding plays on the field during games. Two of Winfrey’s stickers are for a touchdown reception against North Central.