Football players take on cheerleading

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Football players take on cheerleading

Senior Andrew Truman lifts sophomore Kenzie Schwers during a basketball game performance with the cheer team.

Senior Andrew Truman lifts sophomore Kenzie Schwers during a basketball game performance with the cheer team.

Senior Andrew Truman lifts sophomore Kenzie Schwers during a basketball game performance with the cheer team.

Senior Andrew Truman lifts sophomore Kenzie Schwers during a basketball game performance with the cheer team.

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Due to the football season ending and more down time, some football players are going out and getting involved in unexpected activities. Cheerleading is now a go-to for a couple of football players that are able to contribute to the cheer efforts as they go to national competitions.

Senior Andrew Truman is one of the guys participating with them.

“I’m definitely looking forward to competitions and seeing how different cheer is from football,” Truman said. “I also think that people will be pretty surprised when they see football players out on the mat but hopefully it is a pleasant surprise.”

Some of the guys have a variety of motives including being involved, showing school spirit or making memories. Senior Katelyn Mathis is a cheer manager for the squad and enjoys the new support.

“It was easy for the boys to get into the rhythm because they are very athletic and eager to learn,” Mathis said. “They picked up the coed stunts on the first day and ever since then, they have blended with the team.”

The blending of sports is an aspect of unity in the school. The guys enjoy the new task and a new quest for victory as they take on something that many people may have never thought of.

Coach Amy Howe recruited the football players and had the idea to take them to the national competition.

“We were in need of more boys to be in our coed routine at UCA Nationals at Disney World,” Howe said. “UCA likes to see big guys throwing college level stunts and that’s what we are able to show more of with the addition of these guys.”

The cheer team will head to Nationals in Florida on Feb. 4.

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