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It's Back To Work For Red Raider Football Team

It's every teams quest to climb the mountain all the way to a state championship. But after you get there, then what? Well, you start over. It's spring football, just like last year, and the year before, and the year before that, even if most of this springs Robert E. Lee Red Raiders are sporting championship rings. 

"I put my ring in a box at home and forgot I ever had it.," said wide receiver Jacob Amie.  "Gonna come back and do it again.

"The seniors are still celebrating, not the juniors," added wide receier Jonathan Williams.  "Got our mind focused and win another one."

"Every year we start over," explained head coach Mike Owens.  "Same process, just new players."

Owens says this years spring ball feels the same as any other year, because, like every other year, there's lots of work to do. The stars of last season are moving on to bigger and better things.  This team is working on developing it's own identity.

"We've got a core of returning guys that played quite a bit," said Owens.  "What we've got to do is develop some players around them, and that's what we plan to do over the next 18 days."

Like it or not, the Red Raiders must carry with them huge expectations, expectations that automatically come with a team that assumes the name "defending state champs".

"That's a lot pressure," said Jonathan Williams.  "More people going after us coming off a state team, but you got to keep your mind focused and be physical."

"During the offseason, we've been working real hard and we feel real good about coming out here and taking another state championship," running back Jason Williams said confidantly. 

For those interested, the Red Raiders play their spring game Wednesday, May 18 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com  

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