How Ashour Peera’s Gateway football team plays this season is yet to be determined.
Whatever they do, the Olys will look good doing it.
Peera — the first-year head coach who came to Aurora from the powerhouse Miami Northwestern High School program — has rewarded his players for their offseason work by outfitting them with brand new Nike uniforms for the upcoming season, which is just around the corner.
“Look good, feel good,” the coach said Monday as seniors Austin Hall and Calvin Weber got suited up in the new gear.
“Why not go get nice stuff?” he asked. “When I got the job they were talking about how school spirit was lost, so now we’re drumming it up.”
Peera’s previous team at Miami Northwestern — one of several high schools in Florida sponsored by Nike — had eight different uniforms to choose from, so he wanted to bring some variety to Gateway.
The uniforms feature several combinations of the school’s distinctive orange, black and white color scheme and come complete with black helmets with a magnified Olympian logo on one side and a large orange G on the other. The team traditionally wore white helmets with the G logo.
Four players modeled the uniforms for the team last week. They choreographed a routine with music, but got mobbed immediately by teammates when they came out into the remodeled weight room, as shown on this youtube video.
Hall, a promising safety, was one of the players to see the new uniforms for the first time.
“I came in first and brought my shoulder pads to the back room,” said Hall, sporting the No. 12 jersey. “I saw the box of tops and jerseys and I just started screaming. …We are blessed. We’ve never had gear like this, so it feels great.”
Uniforms certainly don’t make the player or the team, however.
Gateway still has a lot to prove on the field this season, especially with the graduation of Colorado State signee Zack Golditch and 26 other seniors from last season’s team that went 7-3 and earned a home game in the Class 5A state playoffs.
The Olys have a new coaching staff, a new system and now, a new appearance.
The new uniforms won’t block or tackle — despite Peera’s joking wish — but they certainly have the team feeling, and looking, the part.
“I’ve only seen jerseys like this in college, so when I saw these, my eyes popped out,” Weber said. “It doesn’t stop with the look. When you look good you have to play good.”
Gateway will debut the new uniforms in full against its former coach Justin Hoffman, who is now at Smoky Hill, as the Olys play the Buffs to open the season on Aug. 30 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.
The Olys will also have a new look on offense, as Peera’s moved away from the program’s traditional run-heavy veer offense to a spread attack.
Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at [email protected] or 303-750-7555. Follow @aurorasports on Twitter and find the Aurora Prep Sentinel page on facebook.