A look into the Ocean Lakes football Instagram


Deon McGill

Dolphins varsity football rushes the field ready to take on the Kempsville Chiefs at Ocean Lakes High School on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

Nina Luangrath, Sports Editor

Varsity football seems to have a large fan following and school-wide support with their popular presence on social media. With 1099 followers on Instagram, @oceanlakesfootball creates posts about upcoming games, football events and hype videos.

The creator of this content is a player’s father and booster club board member, Deon McGill. In his free time, McGill enjoys flying drones and making his own content for his own social media platforms. 

“I wanted to create a memory that the boys, coaches and parents could have and share for a lifetime,” said McGill, who is father to football player Devin McGill, a sophomore.

McGill runs the Instagram page for the team as well as their Twitter and Facebook. He got into creating content to leave an impact for the whole team and their support systems. Each post, whether a picture, video, or Instagram reel, gets reposted by many students and players and receives considerable praise. Often posts receive hundreds of likes.

“The clips made for social media help players keep positive mindsets when they see people still support them in hard times,” said junior Trey Healey.

So far, the team has only won a single game this season, but the posts made by McGill help keep the energy alive for the team. Their next game is set to take place away against Bayside, who have a record of 4-4, on Oct. 21, so a series of Instagram posts are to be expected in the upcoming week, including a video from the game Friday.

“I post all the game hype videos on Sunday,” said McGill.