Loyola Sacred Heart Prepares to Defend Class B Title
"It did put a big target on our back, and that's just more motivation for us, we have a great mentality going into it, we know it's hard to get a repeat, and we have to keep going after it," says Loyola Sacred Heart senior lineman Jared Geer.
On paper, the Rams have plenty of work to do, as they lost all-state quarterback and receiver duo Bo Hughes, and Josh Jansen, who are playing for the Cats and Griz respectively.
"We're going to miss Bo and Josh, they are two outstanding athletes we had on last years squad, but we had a real good crop of athletes coming up this year that have playing experience in the playoffs, so we're excited about where we're at," says Loyola head coach Dan Weber
Excited about the crop they have, and even as defending state champs, this years senior class still has a bit of a chip on their shoulders.
"For most of our seniors, what they want to do is make sure they had some separation between them and the boys that graduated last year," says Weber.
"This year, we have something to prove, definitely, because I think a lot of people are underestimating us, thinking we lost a lot of people, so our class especially feels we have a lot to prove," says Loyola senior Quarterback Matt McHugh.
With the quarterback competition still up in the air, with senior Matt McHugh leading the way, the offensive line is ready to help the new QB out.
"I think we have a great line for them, it's just going to be as strong as it was last year, we did lose 2 or 3 lineman, and that's hard to replace, but we have great receivers, and Matt McHugh will have plenty of people to throw to," says Geer.
With the Rams, just like every team they face, depth is often a luxury they don't have, as almost all starters play on Offense, Defense, and Special teams.