ALEXANDRIA – The offseason turmoil has finally settled and Bishop Brossart is ready and eager to begin the 2014 football season. After a slew of coaching changes and questions regarding the immediate future of the program, few programs were as excited to begin August practice as the Mustangs.
The players who have committed to help Brossart through head coach Paul Wiggins’s first season know that they may struggle to win games, but realize that they are playing this year to set a building block for future Mustangs.
“They’ve totally bought into the fact that we have a challenge ahead of us,” Wiggins said. “The players have embraced that, at times; it’s going to be an uphill battle.”
Senior captain Justin Schack, a linebacker and offensive lineman, has been providing leadership to steady the program through this turbulent transition. He is one of the players Wiggins coached as a middle schooler, and who is embracing the new coaching staff.
“He has been the catalyst,” said Wiggins. “He is making sure the guys are focused.”
Junior defensive back/running back/wide receiver Craig Pfefferman is another of the Mustangs’ most experienced players and another player who was previously coached by Wiggins as a youngster.
The Mustangs will also rely on some inexperienced seniors who have not played football in a couple of years. The offensive and defensive lines will rely heavily on players with very little experience at those positions.
“The biggest question is how will guys who haven’t played since middle school adapt to varsity play,” said Wiggins. “We don’t have a lot of size, but we’ve got some quickness.”
The spread offense will go as far as senior quarterback Clay Kramer can carry it. The defense will be based out of a four-man front. The players who have stuck with the program are committed to doing whatever they can to improve the program.
“We’ve got guys who want to play both ways and on every special team,” said Wiggins. “We’re hoping these younger guys embrace Brossart football. They’re busting their tail to show people that Brossart football is still on the map.”
The Mustangs open the season on Aug. 22 at Dayton.
Aug. 22: at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5: at Bracken County, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18: vs. Ludlow, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3: vs. Newport, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: vs. Lloyd, 1 p.m.
Oct. 16: at NewCath, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: vs. Pendleton County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: at Gallatin County, 7:30 p.m.