Football team ready to tackle a new season with expectations set high

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Athletics, Football
Robert Adams runs for a first down in Cactus Canyons opening win over Mountain Vista.

Robert Adams runs for a first down in Cactus Canyons opening win over Mountain Vista.

By Riley Duncan
Cougar News Blog

      With a title in its hands for the past two years, the Cactus Canyon football team is hungry for a third. Though Coach Vance Miller’s focus is to just get better every day.
      After a win over Mountain Vista in the first game, the coaches are preparing for the games to come. With the team having less big players than last year, the Cougars will have to play and win a bit differently than last year, but Coach Vance Miller thinks he has a good group talentwise and is in high spirits.
      “It’s definitely a different group,” said Coach Miller. “We are smaller than last year, but we have good group of kids.”
      Two types of learning are expected in every season. One type of learning is in the skill section and the other is in character building. People will look at character for all of a player’s life, and it will make a big impact in his or life. Coaches expect players to get better every day both on the field and as people.
      “I expect two types of learning throughout the season, we spend five days a week working on skill sets like pass rushing, blocking, ball security,” said Coach Dennis Plzak. “A great coach once told me ‘The problem with opportunity is that it is disguised as hard work.’”
      Coaches are also working very hard to have connections with their players. They believe that in order to get the best out of every players, they need positive relationships.
      “I feel that my biggest strengths are my connections with players,” said Coach Mike Brown. “I feel that I know what it takes to get the best out of every player as long as they are willing to work hard.”
      The Cougars will play Desert Wind at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Maricopa High School.

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