JOHNSBURG - The Jaguars have been putting in the work for a successful season, said head coach Russ Moro. With seven returning seniors and a solid base of underclassmen who have been working hard in the off-season, Moro sees the potential for a competitive year.
Johnsburg graduated senior starters Adrian Veldman and Corey Gazaille last year, but is left with an experienced team ready to play.
Moro has a group of players primed to step up and fill the gaps left by last year's players.
Senior Kevin Conner will be a core play maker at center midfield. He will be joined by senior midfielder Sean O'Neill, who will be a strong attacking presence on the line. Moro looks for seniors Ben Richards to take up a strong leadership role along with Dylan Wolfe as third year keeper.
He is also expecting some big things out of juniors defenders Taylor Ordway and Dustin Weller.
"Theses guys are strong and they are prepared to leave everything on the field," said Moro.
Moro, in his sixth season with the varsity team feels his numbers are strong and will now depend on commitment.
"If the commitment is there, we could have a year that Johnsburg hasn't had in a long time," he said.
The Jaguars hope to take back th Division III title that they lost to the orange last year and test their game against some stronger non-league teams.
"We are ready to test ourselves," said Moro. "The best way to do that is to face teams that we are not comfortable with. I am looking forward to it and the players are as well."
Summer practices have been running well as Moro finalizes his roster. The players are ready to get into some games and have a growing spirit as players and as a team, he said.