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Livermore football ready to build a powerhouse

Shaun Smith competes against Dublin on April 3, 2021. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
Shaun Smith competes against Dublin on April 3, 2021. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

The Livermore Cowboys football team is one of the hottest teams in the Bay Area, hosting up an undefeated season at 4-0. While winning is always the fun part of the sport, head coach John Wade is just thankful to be back out there with his kids. 

“Just thankful and excited to continue this short journey with the seniors, and also the young guys there all just having fun out there,” Wade said. “They really seem to cherish it this year after not having it for so long.”

This will be Wade’s second season for the Cowboys. He found success in his first season as head coach, in which they held a record of 6-5 and made the NCS playoffs. He seems to have Livermore firing on all cylinders for this unprecedented spring season.

The Cowboys have been outstanding on defense, only giving a total of 34 points through four games. This group has been together for many years, and it’s no surprise to Wade that they have been doninment so far this season.

“We had this group last year. They were very young, which was a good thing for us,” Wade said. “They have tons of experience, very coachable and just understand football. This group knows their assignments and never seem to be out of position.” 

Defense wins championships. That’s what any football guy will tell you. While that is part of a championship mindset, having a good offense doesn’t hurt either. 

That is what Livermore has under Wade. The offense is led by senior quarterback Shuan Smith, who has passed for 366 yards and eight touchdowns so far. He can also get it done with his legs, rushing for 215 and four touchdowns. 

“He’s worked so hard for this,” Wade said. “That goes across the board for everyone, but in Shuan’s case he’s just a great leader. First one in, last one out, carries his own footballs. Shaun has had his eyes on his two varsity seasons, so he has been working very hard. He’s everything you want in a quarterback.”

Smith carrying his own ball and not making the backups carry it is always a good sign for any undefeated team. A person he does share the ball with, though, is running back Dominic Belluomini, who has been a workhorse while sharing the load with Smith. Belluomini has rushed 47 times for 320 yards.

The Cowboys hope to build off this successful season and to bring the program to new levels in the near future. 

“The future of this program starts from bottom to top, which I feel that is why we are seeing success at every level,” Wade said. “The coaches and players are doing a good job at not being cocky but confident, really feeling like we are prepared to go out there and win. Really treating it and making it a program was very paramount.”

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