‘Remember my number’
ConVal senior captain Jordan Loll helped build a foundation
ConVal football hosted Souhegan on Friday, Oct. 18. The Cougars lost to the Sabers 34-7. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
The ConVal football team dropped its season opener to Lebanon, 34-0, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
Even with his team winless heading into the last game of the season, the Cougars’ playoff chances long since eradicated and his high school career facing a definite end, senior linebacker Jordan Loll is still looking ahead to the future. As the captain and leader of the ConVal football team, Loll has been both the driving force of a defense that is forced to play the majority of every game, and a teacher and mentor to the players that will take his place after he graduates.
“I’ve just been trying to teach some of the younger kids,” Loll said. “We’re really building the program at ConVal, so not only am I out there trying to make tackles and shooting for All-State, but I’m also trying to get my younger players some experience, so that next year when they’re in my spot, they’re the ones making all the tackles, so that ConVal can do a lot better.”
Loll is far and away the team’s leading tackler, racking up 70 in the team’s eight games so far. He also calls or adjusts the majority of the defensive plays. He’s been in a leadership role since last year, when head coach Ryan McCartney took over the program and started working closely with Loll, pushing him to lead by example.
“Everything from every single conditioning and every single sprint, I had to set an example,” Loll said. “So even if I did want to slack off a little bit, everybody knew it when I did, so I couldn’t really.”
McCartney couldn’t be happier with his senior captain.
“Jordan is a great kid,” McCartney said. “It doesn’t matter how good he is on the football field, he’s an excellent student, he’s a good leader. For us, as a captain, he’s been outstanding, their vocal leader, emotional leader. He never comes off the field.”
Loll said he bought into McCartney’s system right away, and learned a lot from him, as well as the older players on the team.
“There were people I looked up to last year like Tommy Hughes,” Loll said, “a guy who just didn’t want to take it from anybody and who didn’t want to be second place. He was a really strong guy, the kind of guy I look up to and hope that I can take that place so people will look up to me as that person who doesn’t want to get beat, and that’s the attitude they have next year when they come back.”
Loll plans to attend the Air Force Academy after graduation, where he says his chances of playing DI football are “pretty good” (AFA does not issue scholarships to its athletes, meaning every enrollee is a potential walk-on player). He hopes to have an opportunity to return to ConVal in the future to witness the progress the program has made.
“(Coach) always says stuff like ‘Go ahead and come back next year or the year after and watch us steamroll some people, because we’re building a program.’
Loll said he will never forget the time he spent with his teammates at ConVal, playing football, swapping stories and just having fun. Cougar fans ought not to forget Loll’s contribution’s to the team; if he has his way, his opponents won’t forget him either.
“I can run through my mind almost every play where I got through and got the backfield tackle or stuffed at the line of scrimmage,” Loll said. “Those are the best, when you feel that you’ve hit somebody and they know that you felt it. Coach always says ‘Make them remember your number.’ So every time I get a blitz, every time I get inside to make a tackle, I’m just thinking ‘You’re going to remember my number by the end of the night! You’re going to wake up going ‘Owww, 50, ahhhhh!’”