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Photo by Samantha Elliott It was a gloomy day outside, but inside, spirits were high as the Roosevelt Bears opened the first official day of the MHSAA high school football season.
Bears gear up for 2014 after regional final appearance in ‘13
Photo by Samantha Elliott After a regional final appearance in 2013, the Bears were back in action on Monday, gearing up for another successful run under Coach Ron Adams.
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The rain may have been pouring down, but that did not stop the Roosevelt football team from gearing up and partaking in the first official day of the MHSAA fall season.
After a trip to last year’s regional final, the Bears were back and ready to go under ninth-year Coach Ron Adams and the rain did little to dampen their spirits.
“It was probably a smoother first day than we’ve had in a long time,” Adams said. “We’ve got a group that’s eager to get the season going and they want to prove themselves.
“Unfortunately, you can’t do things in the weather when there’s lightning, but we got inside and finished the last 40 minutes of practice and I think we got the most out of it that we could.”
Roosevelt lost some key players last season, but Adams and his Bears are not worried about 2014.
“Fortunately for us, we were in a situation where last year guys that were backup players go t a lot of quality playing time, so I think it’s a little bit misleading,” Adams said. “Most people on the outside looking in will be saying Wyandotte lost 11 starters on defense, but we’ve got 11 guys coming back this year that are pretty good as well.
“We’ve got a couple of spots that we’re gonna have to fill some holes so to speak, but I know that Jason Carpenter our defensive coordinator and the D staff will do a great job putting our kids in positions to be successful.”
Offensively, the Bears will be led by the hands of quarterback Donovan Stewart who was 11-1 last year as a junior.
“He did a great job leading the team, and as a senior he obviously wants to go out on a positive note,” Adams said.
Adams has high hopes for his offensive line this season and said the team has experienced players back to fill the spots.
Overall, Adams has great expectations for the 2014 season.
“We’d like to win our league and we’d like to get into a situation where we’re in the playoffs and obviously we wanna win a state championship,” he said. “That’s the goal.
“We’re gonna work towards that, but we’re gonna take it one step at a time as we should.
“I think that this group is gonna step up and they’re gonna meet the challenge.”
As the Bears begin their quest for yet another league title, they know not to take any Downriver League opponent lightly.
“We’re excited about the season,” Adams said. “We still have the same philosophy that we’ve always had.
“You’ve obviously gotta take care of business the opening game (and) right now everything that we’ve got has Trenton on it because that’s all that matters at this point.”
Last Updated: 8/11/2014 8:11:52 PM EST