Warriors Football Finish with an 11-2 Record
The 2014 Waukee Football season is definitely one to remember. The Warriors finished with an 11-2 record, tying the school record for number of victories in one season. They finished as one of the top four teams in the state. Waukee’s 2014 football season ended on November 14 with their loss against Dowling Catholic High School in Cedar Falls in the semifinals.
Waukee had six players chosen for the Register’s All-Western Iowa Class 4-A Football Team. Two team members were selected to the elite all-state team, four members were selected as first team all-state in 4-A and two members were named as second team members of the 4-A all-state team. Head Coach Scott Carlson, who just finished his nineteenth coaching season at Waukee High School, believes that this is a record for the most Waukee High School team members being selected in one year.
Senior Anthony Nelson, who will play defensive end at Iowa State University next fall, was named as the Register’s Western Iowa Defensive Player of the Year.
“Playing football and being on this team has showed me how a team can push each player to make everyone better. The dedication of both our players and coaches at Waukee sets us apart from other football programs in the metro,” Nelson said.
Senior Trevor Allen, who plans on either playing football at North Dakota State University (NDSU) or University of Northern Iowa (UNI) next fall, feels like this season was one to remember not only for students but also for the Waukee community as a whole.
“Us players spend a significant amount of time together and it has turned us into a family. I believe that most all of us would do anything for each other on or off the field,” Allen said.
Allen has created lifelong relationships with the players he stepped onto the field with every Friday night for the past three years. Allen’s older brother AJ plays football for UNI and serves as a role model for him. “I know that I can look up to AJ because he is someone that is always there for me. He is like an older version of me in a way,” Allen said.
Senior Pat Gray is not sure where he wants to attend college next fall but “would love to be fortunate enough to play football, wherever it may be.” Gray’s older brother Riley plays football at Central College.
“Nothing will compare to the memories I have made during the time I have played for Waukee. I have learned important life lessons in the two hours it took to play a football game compared to the lifetime it takes for some people to learn them,” Gray said.
Being chosen for the Register’s All-Western Iowa Class 4-A Team “is definitely an honor. Although post-season awards are not the reason most people play the game, it is always reassuring to know how you stand in comparison to all of the other players in the state. However, I know a lot of guys, especially on my team, that deserve it more than I do,” Gray said.
“There were 37 seniors on this year’s football team,” Carlson said. “This was a very talented and hard-working senior class, so we will have our work cut out for us next season in matching this level of success as a team. One of the legacies of this year’s seniors, however, is that they have set a high standard for our underclassmen to live up to. We look forward to the development of our underclassmen as we begin to look forward to next year.”