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Minutemen Have More Desire With New Leader

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/21/2014

It was a disappointing year for Lexington in 2013. Finishing just 1-9 on the season, despite having a very talented senior class. The 2014 version of the purple of gold, behind their new fiery leader, feel even though graduation left a number of gaping holes in their roster, that this years group figures to be a whole lot better.

A number of Lexington players noted a lack of determination on behalf of the entire squad during the 2013 campaign. This season, first year head coach Taylor Gearhardt won't let that happen. The hard-nosed, inspirational leader has given a renewed hope to the Minutemen program, by demanding the most out of his players each and every second of the day.

"We talk about emptying the bucket," Gearhardt says. "When you have that moment, you need to empty the bucket to make sure you got one day better. One rep better. One second better. And that's been our focus all summer."

Gearhardt says his team has also had to fixate on conditioning, due to a lack of numbers on the roster. While it may be difficult training in the summer heat during the offseason, players agree that it's their best recipe for success.

"It will help a lot," sophomore runningback/safety T.J. Gearhardt says of making conditioning a point of emphasis. "We're not going to be able to get any subs, not getting off the field, so we'll be in elite condition and stay through the game."

Junior quarterback/defensive back Joey Vore says hiring a coach like Gearhardt is "exactly what this program needs after a rough season last year. I think he's exactly the spark that we need."

Senior center/defensive end Jason Zeides agrees with Vore and says that coach Gearhardt's coaching style has made everybody on the team excited about playing football again.

"More people want to play football and have the heart to," Zeides says. "It's gonna be much better this year because of that."

The Minutemen open the regular season at home on August 29 with long-time rival Ontario. The Warriors won last years meeting 44-43 in overtime on a successful 2-point conversion.

   
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