It's not always easy putting two strong seasons together in high school football. Just ask Cross Creek. After an 8-3 season and playoff appearance in 2007, the team finished with just two wins last season.
The Razorbacks started the season 2-2 but finished the season on a six game losing streak. The team was competitive in most games even though the scores didn't show it. But the Razorbacks don't just want to be competitive, they want to win. And in order for that to happen, the team is looking to improve upon one thing and one thing only.
"Just to be consistent," said head coach Scott Tate. "We need to play good defense, control the ball and just be consistent. Just keep things flowing, keep the chains moving, and get first downs."
"I think we've got to play through 4 quarters," said senior wide receiver Terry Ramble. "We started well with a lot of good teams in the first half and then gave up in the second half so we gotta get some conditioning and get ready."
The Razorbacks did lose some key players including do-it-all quarterback Keenan Grissett. But the cupboard isn't bare by any means. On defense, the team returns a good core of seniors who bring a ton of game experience to the table. And for a team that gave up 30 points or more in six games last year, having a strong defense will be key to winning ballgames.
"Pretty much our whole defense is coming back," said Tate. "We only lost a couple so I'm really looking for defense to step up this year."
"Right now, we're all seniors and everybody's benching 300 lbs so we're pretty strong," said senior lineman Sam Whitten. "I know we've got speed so we're going to get to work."
Like last season, the Razorbacks will kick off the season against a tough opponent in Washington County. After that, it's nine region games in a row, starting with Westside September 4th.