Sabers and Meteors ready for season

BY JOBY FAWCETT
Times-Shamrock Writer

The Susquehanna Sabers and Montrose Meteors are ready for the 2013 football season to get underway.

At Susquehanna, Kyle Cook enters his first season as head coach for the program he played for and helped lead to the District 2 Class A playoffs in his sophomore year and the Eastern Conference title game in his senior year of 1999.

And he is staying true to the veer-option offense that longtime coach Dick Bagnall made famous.

In order to be successful, Cook must rely on a stable of backs that are athletic and experienced.

Quarterback Austin White is a poised leader who ran for 430 yards and scored six touchdowns.

“As a quarterback it’s all on you,” White said. “You have to know what everyone is doing, know your reads and your pitches. You have to know everything. It’s my job to make sure the offense runs smoothly and fluently.”
“If I don’t know what I am doing the offense can’t run.”

Susquehanna also has a dynamic tailback in James Murnock, who contributed 87 yards last season, but has improved his size and speed in the weight room this offseason.

“I am very excited,” Murnock said. “Bagnall started (the veer) a while back and it’s carried on at Susquehanna for so long. It means so much. I am real excited to run it.

“And we have real good backs this year.”

At Montrose, it just took one win.

For a little more than three seasons, the football players for the Meteors only reward for their hard work was the agony defeat.

Then, they stuffed those emotions away with a win over Holy Cross in Week 8 last season. And another victory in the season finale against Northwest.

It picked up the team’s spirits and gave it life heading into the offseason.
“It gave us confidence that we know we can do it,” guard and linebacker Brenton Warner said. “The hard work in the summer paid off and we can win some football games.”

Now Warner, a three-year starter, is ready to lead the team as it tries to maintain the momentum.

“I have to keep the guys’ heads up if they are getting banged up,” Warner said. “The most important thing is to have fun and improve every day and every week.”