Make no mistake, the Blazers want to win games and hope to make the playoffs in their first year at the varsity level.
But after years of work behind the scenes, just being in a position to play varsity football is the biggest victory for the program.
“This school has been in existence for 33 years,” N.E.W. coach Dick Hasseler said. “We are going to have our first Friday night football game. That is awesome.”
It’s a sentiment shared by his players, who have been looking forward to this day.
“Everybody is pretty pumped,” said DaVonte King, a junior defensive/offensive lineman. “I don’t want to be overconfident about anything, but I think we should do pretty good this year.”
Bill Gosse, whose sons attend N.EW., laid the groundwork in the spring of 2007 to get football at the school. The Blazers played a junior varsity schedule the past two seasons and slowly have built their numbers. There should be about 30 players on the roster this season, which is up from the 20 it had this time last year.
They don’t have a home field and will play their four home games at other area schools — the official locations are being decided but could include Green Bay East, Green Bay West and Green Bay Notre Dame — but they do have some top-of-the-line equipment thanks to the help of the Green Bay Packers and the NFL.
Perhaps the biggest positive is that a handful of the players already know what it’s like to play in big games.
Several members of the Blazers’ boys basketball team that advanced to the program’s first state tournament in March also are playing football. They hope to bring some of that momentum onto the field with them.
“I think it carries over,” said senior wide receiver Aaron Gosse, who is a starting guard on the basketball team. “Winning in anything in general, everyone gets a feel for it. I think some of the guys who are on the football team now will bring that winning mentality to here. Hopefully, it will carry over to the younger guys.” (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)
Exciting times for the Blazers. Best of luck in your inaugural varsity season.
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