By: Chase Gardiner/GCU Staff
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley
For over a century, these infamous words have been a resounding battle cry for those who refuse to falter in the face of adversity. This quote rings especially true in the ears of the Grand Canyon University men’s club flag football team as its season draws to a close, and they ready themselves for playoffs that loom just around the corner.
As the team prepares to compete in the annual NIRSA Tournament, they will look to build off what they learned through eight games of regular season play. Starting quarterback and team captain Tre Stevens saw building blocks for the playoffs every time they stepped on the field this fall.
“I feel like every week we found a new piece,” said Stevens. “Now as we go into playoffs, it’s time to put it all together.”
According to Josh Walsh, the team’s wide receiver/safety, one “piece” in particular stood out above the rest.
“Great athletes aren’t better than great teammates,” said Walsh. “Going out there and playing as a team works way better than going out there and doing your own thing.”
This was music to the ears of Lopes’ head coach Kason Marques, who has been telling his athletes from day one that “their mindset has to be on that mentality of sticking together, no matter what happens.”
While team unity will no doubt be a large factor of the Lopes’ potential success in the postseason, Walsh sees another quality that puts them above the rest of the competition.
“I think that we are the most disciplined team out there for sure,” said Walsh. “I think we’ve represented the school really well.”
The Lopes plan on capitalizing on their discipline and family culture in the upcoming weeks as they fight to bring home a championship to GCU at the NIRSA Tournament November 10-12.