Jul 30, 2012
There is something new at Cleveland football practice, something that wasn't there last year, something that's been missing, seniors. For the first time in the school's history The Rams have seniors on their roster in 2012.
"Nothing takes the place of experience. They are anxious to get going and they know what to expect. That's the main difference between the two teams last year and this year," said Cleveland head coach Marc Morris.
Cleveland played its first season of Varsity football last season and they fit in with the big boys quickly. The Rams went 11-4 and were one win away from the State championship game
"Last year was about growing up and hurry up and grow up and maturing as young men," said Morris. "Just a matter of getting to that varsity level."
"People didn't talk about us at school or in the community," said quarterback Tre Joyner. "We weren't heard about that much but this year is different. It feels good to be somebody and know that everybody knows Cleveland."
Which means this team won't be catching anyone off guard. Since they didn't have any seniors last year, almost everyone is back and the only way to improve on year one, is to get to the state title game.
"It's been great knowing we could be the first team to go to a state championship," said defensive end Austin Jacobs. "It's a really cool opportunity."
And so the Rams have some new expectations to go along with their new Seniors on this practice field this season.
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