On the prep scene, there's another Catholic League showdown tonight between Brother Martin and Holy Cross, perfection is still viable for the Crusaders.
Six games into the prep season, and one of the undefeated teams left standing is Brother Martin. The Crusaders opened up their Catholic League campaign with a commanding win over St. Aug, and face Holy Cross tonight. Their coach, Mark Bonis had an inkling that success was possible in 2014, even if they've struggled to win big games in the past.
“I knew we had a chance to be real good,” he said. “We have a lot of guys that played as freshmen and sophomores playing as seniors. We knew we had a lot of young talent, guys that were going to be a year older. The expectation this year was to continue with the process and do what we do, and we knew we had a good chance to be a pretty good football team.”
The crusaders have always relied on the run for wins, but now they have a big-armed QB in Jake Broggi, who's making the offense hard to get a read on.
“We're able to spread the ball out now,” Bonis said. “We don't have to rely on the run, we have a lot of receivers. Jeremy Singleton, Kyle Johnson, Irv Smith and Andrew Mcgwire. We've always been able to run the football here - that's been the case since I've been here in 2006. Now we have weapons at receiver, we can run the ball even better.”
The Catholic League is stacked from top to bottom, very similar to what's going on in the SEC West right now. There's not a weak game on the schedule.
“Going into district play, Catholic League teams are 25-4,” Bonis said. “So it's evident that the Catholic League is back. If you take a week off, there's a good chance you're going to lose a football game. Everybody's good, and everyone is close to one another. It makes things fun and exciting. With how the playoffs are set up, every game is more important now than before with the select, non-select settings.”