The Amherst High School football team is ready to get back on the field this Friday in an attempt to take back their championship title this season.
“This senior class is hungry,” said Mark Lusic, Amherst’s head coach. “The whole team is hungry. We want to move on and we are excited for Friday night.”
The Falcons won the WIAAWI Division 5 Title three years in a row: the 2015, 2016, and 2017 season. However, they fell short during the 2018 season.
“It sure puts a chip on our shoulder,” said Chris Andersen, Amherst RB/WR. “Yes, it does hurt not having the normal tradition that we are used to, but we are definitely prepared to work hard this year.”
However, heading into this season, they are determined to not let that failure define them.
“I like what I see so far, which is nice,” Coach Lusic said. “The kids are putting in the work and are responding. They are doing everything the coaches are asking them to do.”
There’s a lot of work coming off the field this year as well. Andersen says, “lifting, motivating others to get in the weight room and just working hard.”
Andersen says their mindset this season is “just physicality, being ready to play, and adapt.”
This season adapting will be specifically important. The Falcons home field is under construction, forcing them to play their first two games away from home.
“I told the guys, ‘no excuses all season’,” Coach Lusic said. “We are going to have to adapt when practicing on a 75-yard field instead of an 100-yard field.”
Amherst will kick off their season against Antigo this Friday in Wuapaca.