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3 Questions: Muskegon Catholic Central Football

Nich Wolak • Aug 13, 2016 at 12:48 AM

MUSKEGON — Muskegon Catholic Central Coach Steve Czerwon answered some of the Tribune's questions earlier this week, touching on trying to add a fourth-straight title for the Crusaders, as well as replacing some key pieces off of last year's championship squad.

1. How will the MCC players— in particular the seniors — not let the pressure of going for four straight Division 8 crowns rattle them?

Czerwon: "Every senior only gets one senior year, seniors relish that. Logan Helton and Walker (Christofferson) and LaTommy (Scott) and Brock (Johnson), they've been waiting since they were kids for this to be their team, and it's finally their team. People love being senior leaders, the guys like having the mark that it's their team. I think no matter where you’re at — whether you've won a lot of games, or lost a lot of games — seniors always feel that. There's a great amount of urgency with this senior class. Only four teams in the history of the state of Michigan have won at least four state titles in a row. These guys have an opportunity to do something historically significant. I think they know what the end game could possibly be."

2. Who will replace the production from a senior class with six players who received college football offers, including four-year starters Nate Jones and Jacob Holt?

Czerwon: "We only had seven seniors, and when a lot of people look at that they think, 'Oh, they only had seven seniors on that team and a lot of people coming back.'’ Every single one of those seniors started somewhere for us, so you're replacing starters. It's high school football, people graduate. In college, people graduate, and in the pros people retire. As any organization, anyone running a football program knows, you've got to replace people once they move on. At every level of football people move on.

"We're counting on some newer people. We're counting on Nate Manske who's going to be a senior, Peter Bartolameolli he's going to be a junior now. (We have) some people who have football experience, but maybe some people who don't have starting experience; maybe a few people have to go both ways who have only gone one way before — Mason Convertini comes to mind, Miles Novotny comes to mind. The people that become seniors have to play a larger role on your football team."

3. What's the quarterback situation looking like after the graduation of Christian Martinez?

Czerwon: "We've got two pretty good quarterbacks. We've got our senior, Trenton Bordeaux, he was our backup last year, and he was also our punter. (We also have) freshman Cameron Martinez, Christian's brother. We have a ton of confidence in him, so he's going to be on the field somewhere. We'll definitely have a package where he plays quarterback — he's going to play some receiver for us, he's going to play some defense for us, he's that good of an athlete. We've got to have the senior ready to go to run the team, though."

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