Sabers channel gridiron tradition
BY JOHN LUND
As a former player for the Susquehanna football team, first-year head coach Kyle Cook knows a thing or two about Sabers success, having played on teams that reached the Eastern Conference Class A championship game and the District Class A playoffs.
This season, Cook will try to bring the tradition of Sabers success back to his program.
“I think we’re a talented team and should definitely win some games,” Cook said. “I want to make sure we’re competitive in every game and play hard. The big thing I’ve been stressing is that if we can keep the game close into the fourth quarter we’ll have a good chance to win.
The Sabers finished last season 3-7 and were plagued by several injuries and a young roster with only three starting seniors. Cook spent the offseason focusing on weightlifting programs that will hopefully prevent as many injuries this season.
Cook will also continue to implement the Veer offense, a staple in the Sabers program for years, and will have several returning players in his backfield.
“Right now our offense will be similar to last year, but repetition is our focus,” Cook said. “We don’t want there to be confusion or indecision with our backs or line when the season comes. We’re constantly working hard and doing the little things that will make a difference as the season wears on.”
The Sabers will also continue their rival with the Montrose Meteors and host the second annual Battle of the Bluestone game, under the lights on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Susquehanna won the inaugural game 18-14 last season, and the trophy is proudly displayed at the school.
Cook hopes that his team will play every game with that kind of intensity, and develop into much more than just football players by the end of the season.
“I hope that our players learn the discipline of the football program, such as the simple things like being on time or being prepared,” Cook said. “They need to be 24-hour student-athletes, be respectful and give it their best both in and out of school. If you do that and stay prepared, the better your season will be.”
Aug. 30, at Western Wayne, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7, home against Northwest Area, 1 p.m.
Sept. 14, home against Greater Nanticoke Area, 1 p.m.
Sept. 20, at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28, home against Lakeland, 1 p.m.
Oct. 5, at Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Oct. 11, home against Montrose Battle of the Bluestone), 7 p.m.
Oct. 18, at Lackawanna Trail, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26, home against Carbondale, 1 p.m.
Nov. 1, at Old Forge, 7 p.m.