BANGOR – Spring is the prime time for growth for football players, but Foxcroft Academy, like other schools in the state, is closed for the semester. The Ponies football team is being forced to get creative in the absence of spring workouts.
“Whatever I need to do to show that I’m working out, show I’m getting outside and staying active is what I’m going to do, pretty good way to show that I’m working out is to go outside in the snow and do some deadlifts,” said Foxcroft rising senior wide receiver Logan Martin
Technology is the bond that’s keeping the Foxcroft team together while classes are all online. The team has created a group message with head coach Danny White to show support for home workouts and hold each other accountable. “We’ve been posting workout videos just to lift each other up, give each other pats on the back and just say ‘look, we recognize you’re working out, we appreciate it, and let’s go win a championship,” said Martin
Without a track or proper weight room, Foxcroft players, just like many other athletes across Maine, are using what they can in their own houses. “I just kind of do what I can…I found a running sled in the shed just anything you find or anything I can do,” said rising senior Noah Lamb.
Building team chemistry can be just as important as building muscle for football teams throughout the spring. The team’s group chat has been the closest thing to a team meeting, and the ponies use games of Madden for some friendly competition. A constant battle for the best players on the squad, “either Logan [Martin}, or me, I beat Logan a lot,” said rising junior Anthony Smith.
Madden wins are one thing, but wins come this fall are what’s most important to this Foxcroft team. The 2020 group is still motivated by its Class D North playoff semifinal loss to Bucksport last season. “The last game I played on Oakes Field, it’s against Bucksport, we get blown out..now I’m 100% in on winning a gold ball next year,” said Martin.