Steve Czerwon didn’t leave himself much room for error.
In his first season as head coach of the Muskegon Catholic Central varsity football team, Czerwon led the Crusaders to a Division 8 state championship.
The Crusaders dropped their first two games — to Mona Shores and Grand Rapids Catholic Central — before winning their next 12 games, including a commanding 35-12 victory over Beal City at Ford Field.
Earlier this week, Czerwon addressed some of the key issues his team is facing heading into the coming season.
1. How do you avoid becoming complacent after winning a state championship last year?
Czerwon: “We had what I would call an outstanding offseason. There was great dedication in the weight room. We got stronger. A lot of these kids are 2-3 sport athletes, and they got stronger. Even though we did win the state title last year, we had an outstanding offseason, and I hope that carries over into our season. … Last year, we played a challenging schedule. We were 0-2 before winning our last 12 games. We have a very tough team we play in Week 1, going down to Columbus, Ohio to face the runners-up in Division 5 in Ohio (Bishop Hartley). We’re getting a quality opponent right off the bat, so there’s not much time for growing pains.”
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