Varsity Football moves up two divisions

The Varsity Football Team celebrates a win over Eisenhower in the MAC Red division. Photo from Brenden Jackson ‘16

The Varsity Football Team celebrates a win over Eisenhower in the MAC Red division. Photo from Brenden Jackson ‘16

Ashley Simone ’15

Business Manager

The Crusaders are snapping back from last year’s spectacular season of Varsity Football. But a new challenge awaits the team.

The Varsity Football Team moved up from the MAC Blue to the MAC Red division. Coach Anthony Kiner has been preparing the team for the move since 2012. He took a team with a 0-9-0 record in 2011, and developed the team. During the 2012 season, the team went 8-3-0 and made it to the second round of the playoffs but lost to Dakota, 42-17. The season was very successful thanks to the Kiner’s coaching as well as the assistant coaches, and the team’s hard work and dedication. During the 2013 season, the Varsity Football Team went 9-1-0 and made it to the first round in the playoffs. This season is going to be a challenge, but the team is ready to beat it.

“It was a huge jump but we are ready for it. We’ve been preparing since Coach Kiner started coaching. We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to prove ourselves in the MAC Red,” Quarterback Mitchell Peer ’15 said.

Along with the challenges in the new division, there will be many opportunities for the team to fulfill its goals in this division. By moving up two divisions, the team, Coach Kiner and the assistant coaches need dedication and determination in order to compete, and that is exactly what each one of them has.

Early this year, the team started conditioning to be prepared for the season.

“The boys hit the weight room all summer; there was no off-season. By working hard and competing every day, we expect to go to the playoffs,” Kiner said.

Preparing for the season is a crucial part to the team’s success. The players are definitely ready to take on their new challenge.

“It’s going to be a tough, yet fun experience. I think we can go far if we work hard and keep our minds straight,” Trevor Conklin ’15 said.

With that said, there is, without a doubt, more competition in the MAC Red. The teams are tougher to face but that will not stop the Crusaders. Teams such as Dakota, Stevenson, Warren Mott, Eisenhower, and Chippewa Valley make the game more challenging in this division. L’Anse Creuse North, with one win in the division at press time, is trailing behind Dakota, with two wins in the division so far. They seem to have the determination and the drive to have a successful season.

“We are very excited for this unprecedented challenge and we love to make history at LCN,” Collin Kerpet ’15 said.

Crusader Nation is ready to cheer on the Varsity Football Team on their new journey in the MAC Red, and watch them make history.