Scott Westerman ’17 has high expectations coming into his senior year. As a senior co-captain of the varsity football team, his goal is to make a successful playoff run all the way to the state championship game at Gillette Stadium. Westerman said, “With the team we have this year, simply making the playoffs is setting an extremely low bar. Our goal is to make a strong run in the playoffs, beat Needham on Thanksgiving and hopefully end up at Gillette.”
A standout athlete, Westerman has been on varsity for the last three years starting offensively and defensively at wide receiver and safety. Westerman and the team as a whole have more than lived up to expectations so far, opening their season with four consecutive victories against tough opponents. To continue their great run, head coach Mr. Jesse Davis recognizes that the seniors, and especially the captains such as Westerman and teammate Grant Chrysiccas ’17 will need to continue to step up. He also believes that this team has the ability to achieve that final goal, saying, “this is a very strong senior class. Many of our seniors have been playing together since 3rd grade. This will be the last year they all play together on the same team. I have a lot of respect for the way this senior class has embraced the culture of our football program and made it a priority in their lives.”
Fellow senior and co-captain Chrysiccas believes that Westerman provides a vital contribution to the overall dynamic and success of the team,“Scott and I have played for so long together that it’s going to be weird not playing with him and the guys next year. Hopefully we can end our run on top. Coach Davis and the rest of the coaches are awesome because they are always joking around but also push us to get better so it’s a lot of fun,” he said.
As a captain and team leader, Westerman hopes to set a good example for the younger members of the team and to help continue the success of the Raider football program, saying, “As a captain, it would obviously be amazing to go out with a bang and win the state championship, but I feel like it is just as important to set a good example and play the game the right way, unselfishly and as a team,” he said.
Apart from football, Westerman is also a captain of the varsity lacrosse team in the spring and is considering trying out for varsity basketball this winter. Scott is also very interested in videography. “I really love to spend my free time in the High School TV Studio helping out with the Friday Morning Announcements,” he said.
Westerman does not plan on playing football in college, however, he feels his time on the team has taught him valuable lessons that are important in other aspects of his life, “Football has taught me so many useful lessons on and off the field. But I would say most importantly it has taught me to be disciplined, accountable, and that success is only achievable through hard work, practice, and perseverance” said Westerman.