The Lake Catholic High School football team has adopted “Find A Way” as its motto for the 2012 season.
“No matter the situation, we must ‘Find A Way’ to reach our personal and team goals,” 11th-year Lake Catholic head coach Mike Bell said in reference to the squad’s mantra.
Returning 17 lettermen from the 2011 squad that posted a 10-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the North Coast League, the Cougars’ aspirations for this fall are as high as they’ve ever been.
“Win the NCL, go undefeated, make the playoffs [and] win the Division III state title,” Bell said, rattling off the team’s lofty goals.
Lake Catholic employs a pro-style offense and utilizes a multiple defensive scheme. The Cougars open the regular season against Strongsville on Aug. 23.
Bell recently answered questions about this year’s squad and its upcoming season for WKYC’s usatodayhss.com Web site.
WKYC’s usatodayhss.com: What was your message to your team during its first meeting of fall camp?
Lake Catholic football coach Mike Bell: We must improve with every opportunity.
WKYC: What is the biggest question/uncertainty you have about your team that you hope to have answered by the start of league play?
Bell: Personnel at the skilled positions.
WKYC: What must happen for your team to be able to accomplish its goals this season?
Bell: We must show continuous improvement and play our best every single week of the season.
WKYC: Who are your team’s projected leaders/captains this season?
Bell: The captains this season are Mark Baniewicz, John Stepec, Justin Kravchuck and Sean Wynne.
WKYC: What do you expect each to bring to the team?
Bell: I expect them to be leaders that model the “Cougar way,” keeping the team headed in the right direction.
WKYC: What do you expect to be your team’s greatest strength this season?
Bell: Heading into the season, I expect big things from our line on both sides of the ball.
WKYC: What is your team’s biggest weakness right now?
Bell: We must zero in on our skilled personnel; who they will be and how we will use them.
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