LANCASTER, N.Y.- After a disappointing 1-7 season last year, Lancaster has a different mentality about them. Head Coach Chris Dickerson could see his squad improving throughout the off season and now the team has one main focus for 2013.
“They’ve been working really hard in the summer and we’re looking for a better outcome than last season. The kids really fought hard all season long last year and we had some things to clean up. The fourth quarter was an issue for us last year and that’s really been our focus is to finish this year,” Coach Dickerson said.
One major change for Lancaster has been something not on the field but off the field. “It’s definitely a big motivator but through our off season work outs we’ve been changing the attitude. We believe that winning is all about changing and getting the right attitude and last year it wasn’t acceptable. That’s what we’ve been teaching everybody,” running back and linebacker Matt Szymanski explained.
There are some positive things to take away from last season for Lancaster. For example, the youth the team had in 2012 has now gotten a taste of the varsity tempo. “We have some experience; those guys that made the plays last year are all returning so if you look at our roster we legitimately have 12 kids that have great experience coming back,” Coach Dickerson explained.
Right now, Coach Dickerson has no doubt in his mind which side of the ball will be stronger. “I think right now we’re going to have maybe a little bit younger defense because we’re going to be moving some younger guys in. we’ve got some sophomores up that we’re taking a look at. I think we’re going to be stronger on offense. They always say that defense is the early start and gets out of the gate pretty quick during the preseason but I think the offense. We’ve been running this for a long time now and we’re ready to go,” Coach Dickerson said.
One main goal for Lancaster is to finish games. As Coach Dickerson said, the fourth quarter was a weakness for his team last year. And he has a plan on how to emphasize finishing games. “Everything is a 100 miles an hour, you finish 100 percent you pay attention to details. You don’t stop short of the line you push through the line and that’s really what we’re talking about finishing on every play. The ball gets thrown to you you’re finishing the catch and after that you’re running five, ten yards down the field. You’re finishing with that mindset of scoring every time,” Coach Dickerson said.
Last season still has an impact on this year’s team. But quarterback Kevin Colafarnceschi uses it as a way to get better. “It’s definitely a big motivator but through our off season work outs we’ve been changing the attitude. We believe that winning is all about changing and getting the right attitude and last year it wasn’t acceptable. That’s what we’ve been teaching everybody,” Colafarnceschi said.
Lancaster opens the season Saturday September 7 at Kenmore West.