The Whitehall varsity football team will look to rebound in 2009 when it opens against Lake George this Saturday.
“The biggest thing that we are happy with right now is the attitude of the kids,” said head coach John Millett, who is returning to the Whitehall sidelines this season. “That is something that is changed around 100-percent.”
The Railroaders will open against Lake George, which lost only one game in the Class D league last season but was not eligible for sectional play. The Railroaders suffered a 34-0 loss at the hands of the Warriors last season, also in the first home game of the season.
“If we go out there and play to our potential, we will be in the ball game,” said Millett about the upcoming game.
Members of the team said that they were looking to prove how much they have improved between the end of the 2008 season and now.
“We want to be competitive and stay close in the game,” said co-captain and quarterback Chris Therrien. “This week, we’ll see how we do with the offense and work out the kinks.”
“We want to go out there and hold our own,” said co-captain Josh Abbott. “We want to prove something.”
“We are going to go out there and play hard,” said co-captain Corey Christian. “We have had lots of improvement as a team and we want to show everyone that we are not going 0-for-anything this year.”
“We are working well together as a team,” said co-captain Shane Bennett. “There is a family atmosphere with the team and we are ready to go.”
“We’ve started here with 36 guys and they are all here and we have been working together,” said co-captain Mike Cline. “We’re ready to go.”
When it comes to the opposition, the Railroaders will have to focus on Lake George running back Caleb Meroski, one of the class’ top returning running backs.
“We have got to shut down their good back,” said Millett. “The key to the defensive game is keeping him contained.”
The Railroaders, who were 0-9 last year, will host the Lake George Warriors on Saturday, Sept. 5, in their season opener at Ambrose Gilligan Memorial Field with kickoff set for 1 p.m.