Freedom coach expects team to be competitive
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Freedom coach Frank Hernandez had high hopes for his team last season but had trouble without quarterback Forrest Petcovic, who missed part of the season with a broken leg.
In 2011, the team notched only one victory, 35-20, over Mohawk.
Hernandez believes this year will be different.
“This is the first year that I expect us to be competitive,” Hernandez said.
“For the first time, our kids get lined up and know what to do. These seniors have been starting since their freshman and sophomore years.”
Besides Petcovic, three other seniors will lead the Bulldogs: quarterback Sam Becky, running back Allan-Michael Conforti and offensive lineman Brandon Heckman.
Jared Hogue, a junior quarterback, will also add depth. Hernandez said Heckman, at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, has already received Division I looks.
After a busy offseason, including a scrimmage against McKinley, in Canton, Ohio, Hernandez has high hopes.
“We expect to go out there and compete every day,” Hernandez said. “We won't be happy if we don't make the playoffs.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- U.S. Steel to build corporate headquarters on former Civic Arena site
- Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
- AP: Hagel to resign as secretary of defense
- Pirates trade Davis to A’s for international signing bonus money
- NFL parity makes playoff chase a multi-team muddle
- Firearm owners organization supports gun restriction lawsuits
- CT scans can find smokers’ lung cancer early
- Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North
- Iraqi family, torn apart for opposing Saddam, reunites in Pittsburgh
- For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth
- Arizona’s Miller gets boost from Char Valley grad’s play