Teamwork, camaraderie and finding a gap in the open field are just of few of the reasons Orange Lutheran senior Joey Feghali loves playing football. The varsity running back is humbled by the opportunity to experience the sport alongside his fellow Lancers.
“I just love the team aspect of it,” says Feghali. “The feeling you get on the field, having all those people watching you, and being able to show the abilities that God gave you.”
Having played football since he was 10 years old, Feghali’s approach to each game day is to give his full effort on the field – no holding back and no regrets. While he waits for this year’s season to get the green light, he is working to stay in shape both physically and mentally.
“I just got locked in my head that God’s in control, and everything happens for a reason,” says the 18-year old. “If we trust in him, we don’t have to worry about anything else.”
The three-year varsity player, who got his start on the freshman squad, says his toughest challenge has been the fact that he is typically an undersized player on the roster. With encouragement from coaches and playing to his strengths, Feghali has learned that it’s less about size of stature and more about size of heart.
“With God behind my back, I can be the biggest kid on the field,” says Feghali.
It is that mindset that Feghali carries into his approach to leadership.
“Joey is the heart and soul of the football program,” says OLu football head coach, J.P. Presley. “His humility, Christ-like character and positivity are what stand out. He exemplifies what it means to be a Lancer football player. He makes a tremendous impact on and off the field as a student athlete.”
Away from the gridiron, Feghali serves on ASB as a member of OLu’s Spirit Committee and takes part in helping to plan the school’s social activities, which he acknowledges has been challenging this year. In both athletics and academics, he is grateful to be in a place that allows him to stand firm in his faith.
“I love the fact that our school is based around our faith and in God,” says Feghali. “Everything thing we do on the field, they always connect it to God and how he gives us the ability to do it. So I just enjoy the fact that I’m able to represent God on the field and not just the team.”
Feghali plans to pursue a career in either computer hardware engineering or physical therapy, and he would consider playing college football if the opportunity arises. His parents and his relationship with Christ have been his support system through the highs and lows of being a student athlete.
“I always just keep in my mind that God has control over everything, and he should be at the center of everything that I do,” says Feghali. “Everything I do, all my actions, I try to base it around God and what he would think of it and what he would do. He will provide a way, whenever times get hard.”