VPS football gears up for
first Heritage League match
by Misty Volaski
Though it was their first team in 26 years, last year's Villanova
football squad had a successful 7-3 season. And though this year's
team is not as "skilled athletically" as last year's
kids, coach John Muller said his new gridders are "much
bigger and stronger."
Villanova lost nearly half of its team - 11 players - to graduation
in 2002. Add to that the fact that nearly half of this year's
team are freshman, and it definitely seems as though this will
be a "rebuilding" year for the Wildcats' coaching staff.
Muller, however, remains confident, saying that this year's team
includes 31 players - which Villanova is "very happy about."
Because of the size of the players, Muller is confident that
the season could turn out well for the Wildcats. Muller said
the five-team jamboree scrimmage that the team participated in
last week helped the team immensely, as it identified key weaknesses
for Villanova to work on before their 1 p.m. game tomorrow against
"It's not how well we execute, it's how ready we are to
go out and hit someone else," Muller said. "To be successful,
we have to be competitive. In the scrimmage we found lots of
problems, but we can't fix them if we're not competitive."
This year's team leaders will include offsensive and defensive
linebackers Bruce Wu and Djadji Daffe, as well as Chris Gerhart
as the anchor of the defensive line. Quarterbacking this season
for VPS will be Andy Lory.
"I want to see us in a game, to see how we can fix more
things," Muller said of his team. "Right now, I think
we're ready to go."
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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