Cougars Hope This Is Their Year

  • 8/8/2017 3:58:14 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

OLIVESBURG, OH-  After finishing 7-3 a season ago and returning 22 lettermen from 2016, the Crestview football team hopes to stop knocking on the door but will be kicking the door in on a Firelands Conference championship and a playoff berth.  "Well I would hope so," said head coach Dan Mager.  "It's our third year into the system with both the offense and the defense and the relationship with the players, so you would hope after three years.  We can't use the excuse that we're young anymore.  We have to go out there and do what we do and if everybody plays unselfishly we should be OK."

"I think the experience we have coming back is gonna help us a lot," says senior right guard and defensive tackle Lane Fry.   Last year we had a whole bunch of juniors getting on the field for the first time and I think that experience is gonna help.  And we got a couple of younger kids that were playing freshman ball last year that are gonna help us."

I feel like we are a lot better as a team," says senior slot and corner back Christian Durbin.  Our work ethic has been there all year. Just the work that we have been putting in the entire off season is something I think is gonna help us and be a benefit. Hopefully, that will lead to more success."  

Winning the Firelands Conference is goal number one for the Cougars.  But for that to happen Crestview must handle the 800lb gorilla in the room Norwalk St. Paul who is defending FC champs and a team Crestview lost to a season ago 14-13.  So might this be the year the Cougars ground the Flyers?  

"Yeah, we hung with them last year," says fullback and linebacker Colton Campbell.  "They graduated their two good running backs.  So I think this is gonna be the year to do it.  But we'll see come game time who shows up and who doesn't."  

"We have high expectations this year, but we'll just go at it one game at a time and just focus on that week and just always try to do better." says wide receiver and corner back Garret Dudley.  Who believes winning game one against Northmor will set the tone for the entire season.

For coach Mager, it's the Firelands Conference and the playoffs.  "What has to happen is everybody knowing their role and accepting their role including coaching staff and players and not get caught up in looking ahead on games.  It's a one game at a time type deal.  It's making sure we stay focused week-to-week and not look ahead to a St.Paul or Monroeville game."

The Cougars will play Norwalk St.Paul and Monroeville on consecutive Fridays with both games at home on Friday, September 29th, and Friday, October 6th respectively.   The Cougars also lost a close game to the Eagles a season ago 18-14.      

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