(WFRV) – It was a heartbreaking way to end Notre Dame Academy’s football season last year, but the Newts contemplate the task ahead of them as they prepare for a new season.
In last year’s WIAA Tier 2 playoff game against Menasha, the Newts were unable to stop the run as the Blue Jays’ Davontre Smith rushed for 403 yards and scored four touchdowns.
“Menasha is a phenomenal football program and they really brought it to us in the second round of the playoffs. They are the standard in our region for our division and in our conference. So hopefully we can put on another good run. and see what happens,” Notre Dame head football coach Mike Rader said.
One word to describe Notre Dame’s football program is cohesive. The Tritons have made the playoffs for the better half of the past decade. The program continues to maintain a high standard year after year and this is the main reason for its success.
As football activities begin to kick off for high school teams in northeast Wisconsin, this is an opportunity to give coaches a quick look at their rosters and see how they can build on the year. former.
“We have a group of guys coming back and we know what to expect. We have a group of children who we hope will play their part. So it’ll be fun – as always – to see who gets the next round and what they’re up to,” Rader said.
With much of the senior class back on the field in 2022, the group is excited for the challenge of proving to the city of Green Bay what they are capable of.
“We have about 20 seniors coming back, so we’re looking good and we’re just trying to rebuild those relationships that we had and rebuild them with the new guys coming in,” senior defensive back Henry Webber said. Explain.
“I’m really excited and really anxious. I feel like we’re going to be fine. We just finished 7v7 and we looked good there. I feel good. I feel excited. I think we’re going to be ready,” senior quarterback Joe Otradobec said.
The last time Notre Dame lifted the gold trophy was in 2015 at the WIAA State Tournament. Like all teams, the goal is to win and the Tritons have a lot to build on from last year for this season.
“We have high standards. We expect to get the best out of children and hope that if we do everything, especially as we want, good things will happen. Especially with our start to the season playing Pulaski and Bay Port, the kids are going to be tested early and we’ll see what they have. Hopefully we play well enough to win a few and see what happens,” Rader said.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I just hope, and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see and show everyone in Green Bay what we can do this year. We looking for a championship,” Webber said.