By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Second-year Sayre football coach Kevin Gorman is pleased to be back on the field, and says the Redskins numbers for 2019 “are not bad.”
“It feels good to get back out here.
“We put in a lot of work over the summer, so (the season) came quick, but it’s always great to be back out here, and it’s always great to have full pads on,” said Gorman.
“As of now our numbers are not bad, but you’d always like more,” he noted. “We’re a little under where I thought we’d be. I thought we’d be around 45.
“We’re around 40, but we’re hoping the first week of school kids will feel the urge to play football and pick up a couple more,” Gorman added. “We’re a little light in the freshman class, but otherwise we have good balance.”
Gorman also notes the Redskins are ahead of the game with an experienced roster returning.
“Having so many guys back definitely helps us,” he said. “After the first week (heat acclimation), we thought we were way ahead of where we were last season. Our older guys knew what we were doing, and when we were doing it, and the freshmen caught on really quick, which is always nice.”
Coming off a 6-5 season and an appearance in the District 4, Class A playoffs, Gorman believes there is a different feeling around preseason in 2019.
“I definitely think there is a different feel around camp this season. Guys knew what to expect from the (coaching) staff, and the entire staff is back.
“There’s been more a business-like approach — let’s get out there and get to work,” said Gorman. “The older guys know what to expect, and the younger kids follow them.”
Sayre opens the 2019 campaign at home in a Saturday afternoon contest against Bucktail Area on Aug. 24.
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