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Johnson City – Preseason Playbook

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The Johnson City football team knew coming into the season they wanted a different outcome from the last time they took the field together.

"We didn't win a football game last year," said head coach Todd Place. "Those guys are hungry."

Led by the seniors, the Wildcats used the offseason to come to the field and train with each other.

"They've put in the time even though it was crazy this last year," said Place.

"We just got to love what we do and keep putting our heart into it," said lineman Yaman Oklla.

Place said Oklla was one of the main seniors pushing his teammates to work out during the offseason. For Oklla, he also stayed in the weight room constantly trying to get better.

"I'm just going to be a beast," said Oklla. "That's it."

Slot receiver Jeremiah Orshal has been on varsity since he was a sophomore and continues to use his knowledge and experience to help motivate his team.

"You do what you need to do," said Orshal. "You get your programs in. Whether it's from the coach or a personal program yourself. You just come up here and you work."

With all of the work the team has put in, Place said it will make this season different.

"We struggled last year but in those struggles, there were also some good times, somethings we did really well," said Place. "We're looking to move forward from those and take advantage of time we had together last year."

Orshal and Oklla believe the same.

"You need to start with the negative impact that we had last year to help produce positive results for this year," said Orshal.

"I know as a team we just have to keep moving forward and work hard and play hard," Oklla.

Johnson City opens the season at Union-Endicott March 19 at 7 p.m.

Robyn Hearn

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