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Catching With Kaden

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Starting receiver and backup kicker Kaden Gallant walks through his daily life schedule

As football season comes to a close, senior Kaden Gallant watches his high school football career dwindle with each passing game, waiting for the day he hangs up his jersey. He is proud to wear the number 81 on his back for his time served with the Bearcats. The reward of being on the varsity team, playing starting receiver, is one a select few have been given, and the position Gallant has held since his junior year. He has been working towards the varsity team since he was 12, making this year his sixth year of football. What he didn’t realize was the balancing act he would have to maintain to play football alongside of school.

Photo by Camden Tucker

During his time on this years PRHS varsity football team he has gained a total of 471 yards, with an average of 16.2 receiving yards per game. This season the football team has won two of the eight games played and tied one, making their league standings 0-2. They are ranked number 336 across California and 4,469th nationally because of their skill, comradery, and work-ethic put into the most attended sport at our school and their passion for football.

To maintain his workload, Gallant starts his day with a 6:30 wake up time leading into football weight training for his first period class. For the next six hours of the day, like all other high school students he goes to

his classes, including AP Statistics, as well as Government and Economics. He maintains this with a tight homework schedule that keeps him working around the clock.

When sixth period ends, football begins. Gallant and the other members of the football team rush out of class to get ready for practice, a rigorous three hours, beginning at 3:30 and not ending until 6:30 on most days.

“There’s a solid three to five hour time frame that you lose because of sports that you could be spending on your school work,” Gallant expressed.

Practice comes to an end and Gallant takes off his football cleats and yawns, ready to wind down. But his day doesn’t stop there because he still needs to: eat dinner, shower, and do his homework all before going to sleep. When asked about his sleeping habits Gallant says,“six to seven on a good night, four to five on a bad night,” keeping in mind the recommended eight to nine hours of sleep a night.

With a schedule of 12 hours of practice a week, two hours of game time, and then at least two hours on Saturday of watching film from Friday’s game, accompanied with school work, Gallant has little time for a job or relaxation before the day starts again with the blare of an alarm clock for another 6:30 wake up call.

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