SIDNEY (WBNG) – The Sidney Warriors had an entire off season to think about getting knocked out of the playoffs by their biggest rival.
“Well the loss was disappointing and after that we knew there was a lot of work that we had to do,” said Sidney senior Liam Matthews.
“It was rough but we bounced back, we’ve been working hard this summer, everybody has been getting in the gym,’ said Sidney senior Cam Chabot.
It’s safe to say Sidney is ready for the 2019 football season.
“They had a great off season they worked really hard and then we got into the spring and summer seven on sevens so I can’t knock anything our kids did, they worked extremely hard,” said Sidney head coach Jeff Matthews.
The Warriors sported one of the most electric offenses in 2018 but with quarterback Ryan Harris off to college there will be a new face under center.
“I said hey it is your time to shine we have to get some work in, started running routes immediately and he’s progressed a lot. Still have a lot of work to do but we’re looking good this year,” said Ryan Matthews.
“I feel like we have a better run game then we’ve had the past few years so it’s more dynamic we can pass a run so I feel like we will do pretty good,” said Chabot.
This year Sidney will make the jump to Class C, a division that brings not only more competition but the defending state champions.
“Our schedule is a fair schedule, a fun schedule but we are not looking too far ahead right now,” said Jeff Matthews.
“Oh it is definitely going to be a lot tougher defending state champs, we still have our rivals Unatego and Greene but it should be a lot of fun competition,” said Liam Matthews.
The Warriors have won eight games in each of the past three seasons and nobody in Sidney expects this year to be any different.
“I know it’s cliche but we have to go one week, one game at a time. Get the kids ready to play, make the schemes simple enough that they can go out and react and make plays,” said Jeff Matthews.
“Honestly we have to keep doing but we’re doing in practice, I think we have to get a little bit closer together and focusing more in practice but other than that I think we have to do what we do best,” said Liam Matthews.
“Just got to keep working hard, doing what coach tells you to do and just strive to greatness,” said Chabot.