Although Underwood’s football season didn’t end the way the team had wished in the Class A semifinals against Ada-Borup (Nov. 9), it nonetheless ended on a high note setting the bar for how future Rockets teams will be measured. As one of Underwood’s core players, multisport athlete Tim DeVaney was a scrappy back not afraid to fight for an extra yard and was a huge component for this year’s success.
Parents: Steve and Missy DeVaney
Sport(s): Football, basketball, show choir.
Plans after graduation: Play football while attending college (undecided).
Q: What do you attribute this year’s success to?
A: I really hand a lot of it to our coach (Chuck Ross), that kind of where it starts at. If the coach isn’t willing to put in the work and if he’s not 100% for it your team’s only going to be so good. Our coach has gone above and beyond and then it applies to your athletes being right there on the same page with him.
Q: What do you take away from this season — making school history, the playoff run, your senior year of football?
A: The goal is to win but either way I’m proud of our guys. First 11-man season to be in the state tournament, no matter the outcome of it that’s a really great achievement and we’ve all put ourselves through hell to get here.
Q: Being this year’s team is senior-heavy, what do you see for the future of the program?
A: I think it definitely has potential, there’s a lot of kids that have been practicing hard against the starters this season and I see a lot of fire in their eyes. They haven’t gotten as many reps as they might have liked to this year with not having a JV team but as I said, they have that fire, they want to play.
Q: As an athlete how would you like to be remembered?
A: As a leader and that goes on the field and off. When you have captains on the football team who are stellar guys on the field and in school it all combines together. You can be a heck of an athlete but you have to be just as good on the field as you are off. If you’re going through the hallways and you just have your earbuds in looking down that’s not the best, but that’s not me I’m going through practice, through school, whatever it is, I’m saying hello to everyone and hopefully, that’s how I’m remembered.