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Shady Spring football preview: Back for redemption

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 Last year Shady Spring's season was like a bad dream.  With only one win it was definitely a year that Tigers want to forget.

"It's hard to bounce back from a year like that but we're planning on it, and the boys don't want to feel like that again.  They want a pat on the back," said head coach Vince Culicerto.

Like every bad dream, you wake up.  This year, the team is wide awake and hungrier than ever.  The players knew exactly what they needed in the off season to come back refreshed.

"Hard work, determination, just stay focused and keep your head on straight and come back and have a good season," senior Levi Messer explained.

With many returning offensive and defensive lineman, it's a new day and a new year.

"We're not what we were last year, we're not as young as we were and everyone's worked hard in the off season, so we're ready to go," said junior Garrett Cantley.

Culicerto added, "they learned their lesson last year and came back stronger this year and we expect them to be a big part of our football team this year."

The line won't be their only weapon, a solid senior core will bring some experience and wisdom.

"I have a good returning senior class, a lot of those guys got time last year at a lot of different positions."

Despite a disappointing 2013 Shady Spring is back with more school pride than ever. The motivation from last year pushes them to work harder and the determination to prove everyone wrong will be what makes the Tigers fierce.
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