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Conversations with AD, coach guide Gerbelot to Skyline football success

Photo courtesy of Skyline Football
Photo courtesy of Skyline Football

Football’s introduction ended up being a welcomed blessing to Skyline junior defensive end and fullback Lucas Gerbelot.

Before his freshman year, Gerbelot was looking into what sports to compete in. Skyline’s athletic director reached out during that process. So did then-Skyline head football coach Jordan Seiden.

Seiden told Gerbelot they would love for him to be a part of their program.

“I kind of wasn’t expecting it,” Gerbelot said. “I knew that if I got some sort of recognition then I should probably kind of pursue that. And I love it. I’ve loved it since I started playing. I know it’s not a long time, but it’s something that I really enjoy doing.”

In that brief time, Gerbelot has made the most of the opportunity at hand amidst his first two-plus years associated with the sport.

His sophomore season was one that showcased a renaissance of Skyline football. The Titans won nine games and advanced to the Silver Bowl, Oakland’s championship game, to mark their best season since 2004 – back when current head coach Joe Bates was a senior at the school.

On that 9-3 squad, Gerbelot appeared in multiple contests and registered one quarterback hurry – helping a defensive unit allow 14.1 points per game.

Since that campaign, the complexion of the world has drastically shifted with the ongoing pandemic, halting competitive football and athletics in the region for the time being. With that, Gerbelot and his family are playing it cautious, not training with the team to keep he and his family’s health intact.

Despite that, Gerbelot’s offseason only produced immense growth, getting a gym for his room, where he and his brother have worked out over the course of this offseason.

What this offseason also taught Gerbelot was accountability, as visual learning means you need to take more account of your actions in regards to the schedule and assignments.

“Usually in school you’re handed pieces of paper,” Gerbelot said. “You return the next day with them turned in, but with this new system you have to go out of your way to look into Google Classroom, look for emails, make sure that you are doing what you can to preserve your education.”

With no games taking place and no junior film yet, the recruiting process is slow, but Gerbelot continues to maintain – along with the coaching staff – the determination and work required to ensure every student-athlete succeeds beyond the high school level.

“Kind of we were relying on this year to build film so that we could reach out so that we would be able to reach out to recruits, but I know that coach Bates is very determined in getting us to the place that we want to be,” Gerbelot said.

For this season, though, Gerbelot’s intentions remain on the team. He wants another season of thriving at Skyline, this time improving the upward trajectory the program is on.

He wants a ring on his finger.

“Like a lot of people are saying, my individual goals have to be obviously winning a championship,” Gerbelot said. “Right now I really want to just have a season in general. I want to maintain my grades, but as a team I want to make the seniors have their best season so that they can look the best they possibly can for recruits. I think that’s very important to me and the team. And winning is a big one, and I definitely want a ring on my finger.” 

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