The Petrolia Pirates left the playoffs last year hungry and this season they have one goal to satisfy that hunger.
Make it past the first round of the playoffs.
After losing several players to graduation, head coach Jesse House is reshaping his young team.
“It’s going to be a battle to get into the playoffs,” says House. “We’re young. We graduated 17 seniors last year so it’s going to be a young squad. Get better everyday. We have three words we’re working on right now as a team. It’s respect, effort and no putdowns. You know there’s a lot of people who put this team down this year graduating all those seniors. So our goal is not to put each other down and not to put this team down.”
From trying to stop the quarterback to being the quarterback, Bailey Sternadel is making the switch to leader of the offense his senior season.
“Bailey has worked himself hard,” says House. “He has worked hard all summer for me. He’s moving from an outside linebacker, H-back to our quarterback. He is very dynamic. He can run the ball well and he can throw the ball so were excited to have him at quarterback this year.”
Justin Diaz will serve as Sternadel’s lead blocker.
“On the JV last year he grew up a lot,” says House. “Worked hard all summer running. He’s done really well for us.”
“I got to watch all the seniors play on varsity because I was on junior varsity,” says Diaz. “I knew the next year I would have to start on varsity so it’s kind of doing a lot of work behind the scenes.”
Diaz and Sternadel are just two of the six seniors leading this years squad.
“It’s a big responsibility,” says Diaz. “Being a senior you got to show the freshman how to act and what to do and what not to do. If they don’t know stuff on the play you got to tell them.”
Diaz says the team is different this year. He says the work ethic in practice is far exceeding last season.
The 2018 season offers a fresh start and another chance to be under the Friday night lights.
“Coming out of the tunnel,” says Diaz. “Seeing the fans. Hearing the band play and knowing stuffs about to go down.”