OLSH looks to bounce back from injury-riddled campaign
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Last season was a tough one for head coach Bill Daniels and his team.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart finished the campaign — one that saw the list of injured players get longer each week — with a 1-8 record. The Chargers' lone victory of came in the second game, a 42-26 triumph over Western Beaver.
“Unfortunately, last year was difficult,” Daniels said. “Injuries decimated us. Two years ago, we went 5-4 and stayed pretty healthy throughout — maybe a sprained ankle or two.
“Last year was just the opposite. We had kids with concussions, broken bones — season-ending injuries.”
In the past, the Chargers' offensive success relied heavily on running back Isiah Neely. But this being the first of the post-Neely era for OLSH, Daniels is hopeful he'll have a number of players ready to step into leadership roles.
First on that list of leaders is two-way standout Tony Marra, a senior who will start at fullback and linebacker.
The offense will be led by senior quarterback Billy Mulcahey, who tallied 151 yards and a touchdown last season. Mulcahey's primary target will be senior wideout Nick Metz.
Daniels is hopeful his offensive line will be a strength.
“We ran a real quality offseason program,” Daniels said. “We got bigger and stronger.”
The Chargers will also benefit from having a year of Big Seven Conference experience under their belts.
“We're looking for a much better year this year,” Daniels said of his fourth-year program. “We're still learning how to play football, how to practice, how to go through two-a-days.
“We're getting better each year.”
No matter how the 2013 campaign plays out from a wins-and-losses standpoint, Daniels will continue to reinforce value of hard work.
“We don't have any superstars,” Daniels said. “We have to play hard and play together to be successful.”
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