MIDWAY: Cair Paravel football
The Cair Paravel football team gets their pads on before playing a game against Life Prep at Washburn University. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)
The Cair Paravel football team bow their heads in prayer prior to taking on Life Prep at Washburn University. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)
Cair Paravel head coach Doug Bonura talks to his team prior to kickoff against Life Prep at Washburn University. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)
Cair Paravel's Matthew Will, left, congratulates quarterback Zach Brown after he scores a touchdown against Life Prep. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)
Cair Paravel quarterback Zach Brown, right, throws a ball to receiver Brock Butel while playing against Life Prep at Washburn University. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)
Cair Paravel's Tanner Thornburgh, right, tries to stiff arm a Life Prep defender while playing in a game at Washburn University. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)
Another season is winding down for Cair Paravel Latin School of Topeka, and regardless of how far the team goes in the playoffs, theplayers are confident they will take with them many life lessons they have learned by participating on the team.
“Football is all about struggle and hardship and overcoming that,” said Zach Brown, the team’s senior quarterback. “It’s through thesestruggles that we build character, and it’s in that character that we have hope.”
Cair Paravel, a private Christian school at 635 S.W. Clay, has an eight-man team that plays in the Kansas Christian Athletic Association,which is comprised of teams from cities such as Lawrence, Manhattan and Wichita.
Doug Bonura, in his sixth season as head coach, said spiritual principles are gleaned from the football field and can be applied to theplayers’ everyday lives.
“The reality is there’s nothing separate,” Bonura said. “We can learn from the game of football about our life as a whole.”