Manistee CC Building off Successful 2018 Campaign
MANISTEE – After recording its first winning campaign since 2012 last fall, Manistee Catholic Central is prepping for its fifth year of 8-player football.
The Sabers went 5-4 a year ago and finished in a three-way tie for second in the West Michigan D League, with all four losses coming against playoff-bound teams, including 8-player Division 2 state runner-up Onekama.
Catholic Central has been stressing conditioning during the offseason.
“We’ve got some guys that are, you know, pushing 300 pounds,” Catholic Central coach Jake Szymanski said. “Those are the guys that we really stress conditioning with. Those are the guys we’re going to need to rely on all season long, up front on both sides of the ball. So, for them to be in top shape is what we need.”
Although participation numbers have been low during the opening days of practice, Catholic Central believes it has the talent to secure its first playoff appearance since making three straight from 2008-10.
“We’re kind of short-handed at the moment, and I’m glad how many people we got out this year. I’m actually happy with it,” Catholic Central senior Bryant Dozier said. “We’ve got a strong team. I believe we can go pretty far, but everybody’s going to play every position that we’ve got. That’s what we’re hoping for, is playoffs. And I’m confident in this squad. We can do it.”
Catholic Central opens its season at home against Gaylord St. Mary on Thursday, Aug. 29.