‘Boro football holds high expectations as they begin spring ball

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 5:14 PM
‘Boro football holds high expectations as they begin spring ball by Madi Gross
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The Edinboro football team opened up their spring season this week with their first public practices. 

“It’s been so long since we’ve been out there, coming off our last game,” said Head Football Coach Wayne Bradford. “We’ve waited a long time to get to the actual football part.”

Bradford served as the interim football coach during the 2017 season, following former coach Justin Lustig’s one year stint with the team. In November, the interim tag was removed from Bradford’s title and he was officially named the head coach. 

“Oh, it means the world to me (getting named head coach). This is my home; I’ve been here for 20 years,” Bradford said.

The team’s motto for the upcoming season is “Do the Work.” Junior defensive lineman Derek Dorr explained the blue-collar mentality behind the motto.

“If we put in the time, hold ourselves accountable on the field and in the classroom, and push ourselves to be the best we can be, we will continue to improve and see the success we’ve had these past two seasons.”

Along with Dorr, many of the other members of the team have high expectations for the squad in the upcoming season. Blake Reddick, a junior wide receiver, believes the team showed potential in their practice Monday night. 

“I believe that in our first practice the high level of intensity and competition was there,” he said. “But attention and perfection of the details will come in later practices as we get back into the swing of relearning our techniques.”

He continued, “We all do our best to pursue perfection every day, on and off the field, and I believe we will settle for nothing less.”

Many of the players have a common goal for their 2018 season at this point in time: to do their best individually and play to the best of their abilities. 

“Personally, I don’t care about the stats on the field, I want to become a better leader and teammate for my peers to look up to,” stated junior cornerback Zuril Hendrick.

There were many positive things the coaches and players had to say about their first outdoor spring practice on the field. 

“All in all, after watching the tapes, we saw some guys who did some great things,” said Bradford.

As the month of April continues so will the team’s open practices, all leading up to their annual “Red and White” game on April 28 at 4 p.m.

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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