The Chargers’ Electrifying 2022/2023 Football Season


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The Wilcox Varsity football team poses following their homecoming game victory over Milpitas.

The Wilcox Chargers’ Varsity Football team concluded the 2022-2023 regular season with a 9-1 record, clinching the number 1 seed in the De Anza league. 

The Chargers entered the season with the intent of returning to the CIF State Finals – a matchup they were able to reach in the previous season but failed to come out victorious in. Despite their disheartening postseason defeat, the Chargers developed a newfound sense of determination that would transition into the following season. “Our team had a lot of momentum from the previous year and that helped us to a 7-0 start to the season. We had some big wins [against] Valley Christian and Menlo-Atherton,” Coach Paul Rosa voices. 

Over the course of the regular season, the Chargers outscored their opponent by over 20 points in 8 of their 10 matchups. One of the two close-contest victories was their matchup against the Menlo-Atherton Bears on Friday, September 23. The Bears were led by Wide Receiver Jurrion Dickey – a 5-star, top-rated recruit. The Oregon State commit is notable for his physicality and comprehensive skill set. Before the game, the Chargers were already aware of the tenacity of their competition. With the versatility of their offensive and defensive line and the uplifting spirit of the Wilcox crowd, the Chargers came out triumphant over the Bears in a tight 21-20 victory. The matchup served as a statement game for the Chargers and set the tone for the rest of the season.

During the season, a handful of players shined and gained recognition not only within the Charger community but throughout the De Anza league as well. Running Back Elijah Walker carried the ball into the endzone 14 times, ranking third in the league in total touchdowns. Walker climbed to the top of the league’s rushing yards leaderboard, with a season total of 1156. Middle Linebacker Jeramiah Lewis also had a stellar season, leading the league in tackles, with 109. The two Chargers led their respective team units and were key components in the Chargers’ regular season success. “Our players put in the work in the season and the off-season. All the little things add up and allow us to be prepared for each game,” Coach Rosa emphasizes, expressing his gratitude for the team’s exceptional performance during the course of the season.

The team rode the momentum they developed in the previous season into the CCS Division 2 Playoffs, dominating the number 8 seed Lincoln Lions in a 56-14 victory in the first round. The Chargers advanced to the second round to take on the number 5 seed Bellarmine Bells with high hopes coming off their “blowout” victory over the Lions. However, despite their resilient battle, the Chargers were defeated 21-17 by the Bells, eliminating them from the playoff contention. 

The coaching staff remains pleased with the Chargers’ performance despite their early exit from the postseason. “I am proud of the growth of our team throughout the year and how much each player and the team improved. Anytime you win 10 games, it’s a great season,” Coach Rosa articulates. 

As the Chargers prepare for the 2023 season, the team strives to return with greater perseverance than ever and take home their first state title since 2018.