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Cougars Heighten Expectations For 2013

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/21/2013

It was a tough season for Crestview in 2012, just a year after running through the regular season undefeated and winning a playoff game. A talented graduating class left the Cougars with virtually no returning experience at the varsity level and the team suffered through a 2-8 season.

But that was last year.

The outlook for the 2013 season is very much the opposite. Crestview welcomes back all but two players from last years team and the vibe at Cougars camp indicates just that. The players and coaching staff are optomistic about bouncing back from last years struggles and are eyeing a Firelands Conference crown.

"I think with the leadership we have this year we'll be a lot better." Says Cougars senior quarterback Nick Wheeler. "I think we're all a lot more ready to go as a team. We know it's a huge test that we have in front of this year. If we play our game we have a good chance at the conference."

"Obviously the big difference is we bring back a lot of experience." Cougars 4th year head coach Chad Coffman says. "Last year we basically had one guy on the field who had any varsity experience at all. We have guys now that know what it takes to compete for all four quarters."

A big part of Crestview's confidence comes from the hard work that was put in over the summer.

"Most of us showed up every single day." Senior running back/defensive back Aaron King says. "We're here to play and we're ready."

 Coffman added that his team "worked hard to get bigger, stronger and faster, but now we have to go out and play better."

Similar to the undefeated group from 2011, Crestview has a large senior class that collected a wealth of experience on the field last season. And like the Firelands Conference champs from two years ago, this group is looking to leave their own legacy.

"I think all of us want to go out pretty bad with a bang." Senior fullback/linebacker Jay Hill says. "We all want to make it to the playoffs again."

Crestview will get a good test to see how much they've improved right out of the box with Northwestern, who went 8-4, made the playoffs last season and beat the Cougars 48-14. That game will be in West Salem, with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on Aug 31.

   
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