Last year didn't go as the Benedictine Cadets hoped. A slew of injuries and locker room problems led to a disappointing 3-7 record. But already the mood at the school is different.
"A lot tougher than last year," according to Strong Safety Stephen Swinson. "A lot nastier."
"You can expect a hard fighting team," said Quarterback AJ DeFilippis. "We're not going to give up."
Last season's scared sophomores and freshman have now become seasoned veterans.
16 returning starters gives the 2nd year coaching staff a positive outlook..
"We have experience and with experience and age comes maturity," says coach Bob Herndon. "so hopefully when we hit an adverse situation we can handle it."
"Everybody feels a lot more comfortable out there," says Swinson. "We know what we're doing a lot better. We're up to the speed of the game."
And on the field, speed kills.
An attacking new defensive scheme will give these cadets a fighting chance every game.
"If we can coach them in the right way, they continue to improve, we have a chance to be a lot better," says Coach Herndon.
"Some trash talk out there, couple of close fights," says Swinson about his team's new attitude. "I think its helped us out a lot. I think you will see it that first Thursday when we play Windsor Forest."
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