The 2017 IRONDUKES squad got their first taste of defeat Friday, on the road at Andale, losing 38-0. The Indians, larger, quicker, deeper and all the other 'ers, controlled the game, sputtering a little in the 2nd qtr due to some good defense by our boys in red. The last part of the 2nd qtr this season has been a productive time for the Crusaders. Friday at Andale, the defense shined as the half approached.
Much like WEEK #2 vs El Dorado, WEEK #3 vs Rose Hill turned out to be a game of two halves.
After savoring their season opening win all week against Clearwater, the IRONDUKES had to put those memories aside and take care of business against the visiting (0-1) El Dorado Wildcats at Sellers Park on Friday evening. The task at hand wouldn't seem as easy as Week #1 but it was doable and the IRONDUKES did it.
You could feel this victory coming on...days ago, maybe weeks ago. This group of young men and coaches are in the groove. W's are the nectar of life - sure tastes good!! Congratulations for the 34-6 season opening win over the Clearwater Indians.
The atmosphere was festive and a bit wet early on but that soon passed. An Eagle-Med Helicopter delivered the GAME BALL to the field and then the teams engaged.
The IRONDUKES took to the practice field today in full pads and helmets and scrimmaged in front of a nice group of parents and fans for an hour or two...they demonstrated some fine play overall and the excitement of the upcoming season is starting to show. Going to have some experience on the line for sure and other significant weapons in the backfield and receiving. Defense made some good stops today, Offense moved the ball well. Just a scrimmage but the attitude is good.
The Crusader Football squad continues with their two-a-day practices throughout this week. Their focus is clear, the intensity is high. This is a good group and they encourage each other well. It's going to take that kind of a TEAM and the ooaches and players are working hard at that very thing. Opening night is Sept. 1st @ Clearwater... can't wait to see what this group can accomplish. There's some definite toughness there....and there's some PRIDE, on both sides of the fence. Let's get 'er done IRONDUKES!!