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Let’s Try Not To Panic: HC Football Prepared to Improve

Sports Co-Editor

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012

Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012 17:10

Okay, we get it. The Holy Cross Football team has not been great this season. In fact, they have been far from great.

   While they have yet to display the chronic inability of the 2011 edition of the Indianapolis Colts to win football games, it is clear that they must right the ship, not tomorrow, not next week, but now.

   Holy Cross has seven games remaining in the 2012 campaign, six of which are games against Patriot League opponents, the only games that really matter.  Holy Cross still controls its own destiny, despite one of the team’s poorer starts in recent memory.

   With a talented squad and with the remainder of the schedule featuring weaker opponents, the question we should all be asking is not, will the Crusaders turn their season around, but when will the Crusaders turn the season around? 
   While the start to the 2012 campaign has left many fans in sour moods, I must remind our diehard fans that no matter how much you continue to moan and complain Gordie Lockbaum will not, and I repeat, will not walk through the door and put the team on his back like Greg Jennings does on a routine basis for the Green Bay Packers.

   With that being said, the additional presence of Mr. Lockbaum on your 2012 edition of the Holy Cross Crusaders, while nice, is in fact a luxury.

   While it may not appear so from the first four games of the season, these boys can play and play like men they will. Senior wideout Gerald Mistretta, offensive lineman Sean Whited, defensive lineman Jack Maliska, defensive back Tom Mannix, and junior kicker John Macomber, and linebacker Mike Tucker were all named to the preseason All-Patriot League Football team.

   Additionally, the team is far from lacking in terms of leadership and experience, as it returned 17 starters and 42 letter winners from last year’s squad, which finished second in the Patriot League.

   These players are talented and know how to win football games. They will turn the season around given the right opportunity, and with a softer schedule over the next few weeks, that opportunity is now.

   The schedule, more than any other factor, has been the greatest obstacle to the team’s success thus far.

   While losing the starting quarterback, senior Kevin Watson, the sophomore signal-caller Ryan Laughlin has filled in admirably and will continue to improve over the course of the season.

   It has been the schedule, therefore, not injuries, which has spelled doom for the team during the early going.

   As usual, prior to facing off against Patriot League opponents, Holy Cross loaded up against a team which gives athletic scholarships to its football players and was ranked at the time Holy Cross played them (UNH), a team which is currently ranked in the top 25 of the Division I FCS (Harvard), and two teams which have traditionally been Ivy League powers (Brown and Dartmouth).

   Despite such a grueling start to the season, the Saders have held their own in every game, save for one, and easily could have won two of these matchups had they caught a break or two.

   Going forward, the schedule will be significantly easier, besides a matchup against the conference favorites, Lehigh University.

   In closing, although the season has been far from fun for the team and fans alike, the season is just beginning to warm up.

   With a talented slew of players on both sides of the ball and a softer schedule, the immediate future is bright for the Holy Cross Footballers.

   As dismal as September has been, expect October and November to be that much better, as the Saders return to their winning ways.

  Holy Cross will right the ship, starting this Saturday at home against the Bison of Bucknell University.  So sit back and enjoy the show, because it’s going to be a good one.


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