With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report is running a series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is Jackson Peters from the Darien boys lacrosse and football teams. He will play lacrosse next year at Navy.
TRR: How difficult was the spring with first the uncertainty about the season and then the cancellation?
JP: It was difficult because everyone had put in so much work and there was so much anticipation built up, especially the fact we were two days into the preseason. Everyone had just gone through the winter and was ready to kick it off. We had a very good schedule. A lot of games at home under the lights against teams we were really excited about. Most of all everyone was really close this year. We had a lot of talent on our team and a lot of depth at every position. We were ready to rebound from last year because we lost a couple more games than we wanted to and we had the chance to be the top team in the country and we wanted to prove that to everyone.
TRR: You lost in the FCIAC semifinals last season and when you don’t win two titles in Darien it is considered a bad year. Does it leave a sour taste that’s now how your final season with the team ends?
JP: Yep. Yep.
TRR: What did the team do to try and stay close and be ready?
JP: It was tough because you couldn’t have any captains’ practices organized, but everyone was shooting on their own. You obviously couldn’t do anything together. For the most part everyone was staying in shape. There was this challenge that we had to do with a lot of wall ball, a lot of shooting drills, pushups, situps, planks, things like that to stay in shape. And all the underclassmen had to send what they had done and how many each week to the captains so we could make sure everyone was staying in shape. Other than that there was not much anyone can do. Everyone was doing something every day to stay ready. Once we got canceled everyone who wasn’t going to play lacrosse at the next level stopped doing all that stuff.
TRR: What are your immediate plans as far as college is concerned?
JP: Right now the day that I leave for Navy got pushed back a week so it was originally June 25 and now I am leaving on July 1.
TRR: What led you to decide on Navy?
JP: There was a lot of factors. I originally picked Brown and ended up switching to Navy. I think it is a very special place and sets you up for the rest of your life and you get amazing experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.
TRR: Did you pick up any new hobbies or try anything different during the two months when you had so much extra time?
JP: I actually learned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube and mostly did a lot of yard work with my dad. He put us to work. And played a lot of lacrosse. There wasn’t much to do.
TRR: You are helping your sister Olivia, who is a sophomore, with a cool fundraising project. Tell me about it.
JP: My sister started this thing called One Team, which is a 501c charity that is partnered with Person-to-Person. What it essentially does is she raises money for it. So far she’s raised $8,800.00. The goal is to help out families by paying their bills for a certain amount of months over six months. It takes coaches from around the state and they can identify players they know that are really in need of financial aid to Person-to-Person. They then go through a vetting process and if it is deemed they are in need and they will get up to $600 each month over the course of six months.
TRR: What will you remember most about being a Darien athlete?
JP: Just the mentality that you’re expected to succeed in whatever sport you’re in, whether it’s football or lacrosse, so everyone comes to practice every day with the mentality that they want to work hard and they want to win the games each week so I liked that everyone had a lot of fun but everyone worked hard to get to the places that we got.