By JOEY GUTBROD ‘17
After a resounding 2016 season, the Saint Ignatius football program is looking to do even better in 2017. However, their goals just became a little harder, as the schedule for the upcoming has been released. A poised group of ten teams face the Wildcats in the regular season, including a variety of new opponents.
The Cats will kick off the season against a stout Archbishop Hoban program that has proven to be a powerhouse in their division. In addition, they will face Elder, Euclid, and Canada North Football-Clarkson has also been newly added. The Wildcats will play an even five home and five away games, though one of the home games will be played at Otterbein University against Archbishop Moeller.
Under the experienced leadership of rising seniors Justin Sands, Mark Bobinski, Jack Jamieson, and Matt Viancourt, the Wildcats will look to make the 2017 season their 14th trip to the State Championship game.
When asked about the upcoming season, Matt Viancourt ‘18 said, “We plan to build off of last year’s season. Even though it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, it served us with a great learning experience and has pushed us even harder throughout this offseason.”
With a multitude of returning starters on both sides of the ball, the team has the experience and talent to lead an extraordinary path. Under the guidance of head strength coach Anthony Rubino, the team is racing head first into the off-season program. With early morning lifts at 6 a.m. before school, the players are displaying the dedication and grit that is ingrained within the Saint Ignatius football program.