Saturday, August 13, 2011
Augusta, GA - Expectations are definitely something that's changing at Curtis Baptist. The Crusaders won three games last year, not an impressive number for most, but so far, a school record for this squad. If they have anything to say about it, it won't be for much longer.
The Crusaders weren't your average 3-8 team in 2010. They started 0-5 but went 3-2 the rest of the way to make the playoffs.
That's the kind of finish that builds confidence. Now, they're hungry for more. To get there they'll need to beat a familiar foe, but it won't be another team.
Senior Steven Rice says, "It's usually the stamina that's really a big thing for us. Around the 4th Quarter you get really tired, and you have to push through it. Sometimes you can't, and it's a bad thing."
Head Coach Nathan Duffie adds, "At this level, with this many kids - when you can just interchange people and bring people in and not have to move a wide receiver to tailback and then your tailback goes to guard - it's a lot easier when you can just look to the sideline and actually have a back up."
Duffie says that's exactly what his squad can do this year. They have more depth at the skill positions, and that, along with the added confidence, could result in big things for the Crusaders.