It cycles through every few years and it happens to every team. For some teams, like the Detroit Lions, there may have to be a losing season before it can begin to rebuild.
The football team is the face of our high school to the community. It is our pride and joy... when we’re winning. Over the course of the season, fewer and fewer students attended games and the ones that were there didn't pay much attention to the action on the field.
Many students have lost their pride in the football team and the school. The more our team loses, the more our students lose their pride in the school and less excited students are to go to the school.
Losing our team's ability to win causes the team and the students to begin to send blame around. Some students blame the players, others blame the coaching staff. Players begin to blame each other and soon, everything begins to go south.
Pioneer was the best football team in Ann Arbor for a long time. Huron was always our little brother and Skyline became the adopted little sister no one wanted. Pioneer has always been on top.
Losing to Skyline weakened our belief in the football team and it weakened our pride in the school. It’s not all bad though; the student attendance at other Pioneer sporting events such as soccer and field hockey has increased. There’s no reason that this should not continue into the winter season.
This is a turning point for Pioneer athletics in that students have begun to realize that football isn’t the only sport at this school. Turning away from the fall season and into the winter season, students have realized that sports like wrestling and men’s and women’s hockey actually exist and not just basketball.