If there was a positive to the 2013 season for the Shaler Football team is was the resiliency and ability to hold up to adversity according to head coach Chris Siegle.
“That was something we didn't do last year,” Siegle said. “This year, we were able to answer when adversity struck.”
The coach cited examples of in the game against North Allegheny when the Tigers scored on the first play. The Titans were able to put together a drive and answer.
“There were times our offense turned the ball over, and the defense then forced a three-and-out,” Siegle said. “These situations with emotion and sudden changes in a game are things you can't simulate in practice.”
When Siegle arrived at Shaler late in the offseason process last year, he knew what it would take to build a program. He sat down with the seniors and explained to them situation at hand and asked them for help.
“I told them that we have to rebuild this brick by brick, and the foundation that they laid would slowly help us change the culture here,” Siegle said. “This senior class bought in collectively and since January have been in the weight room, and committed themselves. There were very few missed days.”
Things are looking up for the team as it heads into the off season.
Some key seniors like quarterback Josh Crawford will graduate, but there will be a core of skill players back in Tim Nickel and Robbie Reinheimer at receiver who will help the offense, and defense next season.
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or email@example.com.
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