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Steinbrenner’s Football Team Builds Character With Returns

LUTZ, Fla. — The Steinbrenner High School football team knows what it takes to win.

“I think we’re doing a good job of staying disciplined and being a smart team,” Steinbrenner defensive back Eddie Davis said. “We lack athleticism in some places, but we make up for that with our intelligence.”

Finding ways to win starts with those big guys doing the little things.

“We call it ‘RYC’ around here, flip your basket,” Steinbrenner head coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo said.

“You don’t want to leave it in someone’s place where it could possibly get hit,” Davis added. “Integrity with everything you do.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Warriors coaching staff felt like the team had lost focus. They had to do something as a team to build character and integrity – a little thing, like coaching field goal returns in addition to kick returns.

“It’s the little things,” Steinbrenner linebacker Christian Gerhardt said. “When you go to return your cart, you have the option of putting it on the curb or taking it back, taking a few extra steps to make sure it goes where it belongs. It’s what we do every day in training, paying attention to the little details and making sure everything is perfect.

“For example, if we don’t get penalties in a football game, we’ll save a bunch of yards, and we won’t have to deal with mistakes or little details that will spoil us in the long run,” added Steinbrenner offensive lineman Nathan Skaggs.

The student-athletes fully embraced it, sharing videos on social media returning from their carts.

“When I see a cart just sitting there, I think that person did the wrong thing when no one is looking,” linebacker Will Miller said.

“I found myself the other day in an absolute enigma,” Perez-Reinaldo said. “I was in the middle of a severe thunderstorm, and here I am with my basket. I’m dying to leave it here, but I can’t. It’s not the right thing to do.

Doing the right thing when no one is looking is a win in the parking lot that leads to even bigger payouts.

“Really, just mind your own business,” Perez-Reinaldo said. “If you take care of your own, the next one will take care of his. Hopefully we have a better place to live and we have some wins on the pitch.”

The Warriors have won three consecutive district championships. The objective this season is to claim a regional title, if not more.