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STAB Looking For Speedy Recovery After Struggles In 2012

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STAB head coach John Blake STAB head coach John Blake

The St. Anne's-Belfield football team won the VISAA state championship in 2010.

Last season, they finished with zero wins.

Head coach John Blake says, "From the last day of last year, last November, it's been on my mind quite a bit.  I'm sure for all the returners, it's been on their minds."

Senior LB/OL Rashad Khairkhawa says, "Last year, to be honest, was really disappointing.  Not only for the fans, and the players, and the coaches, but for everyone.  It's part of STAB community: We don't like losing."

Coach John Blake says there was a benefit to last year's struggles.  

"We played a lot of kids last year," says Blake, "whether due to injuries, or lack of size of the team.  We just played a lot of kids.  Despite the fact we didn't get a lot of wins, we got a lot of experience."

Junior quarterback Lee Park Hill is one of the underclassman who saw playing time last year.

Blake says, "He started some games last year.  He knows what the deal is.  What it takes.  He's a good leader, a good kid, and people are going to follow him."

"I have very high expectations," says Park Hill.  "We have a lot of good guys coming in.  I think we'll perform well.  I think we're ready to go."

The Saints will be stressing speed over size this year.

Khairkhawa says, "We know we're not the perfect team right now.  We're not really that big, or the ideal football team, but we're getting back to what we normally do."

Blake adds, "Everybody kind of pictures St. Anne's-Belfield of being this great, big, huge, team, but for the overwhelming majority of my time here, we haven't been that big.  Our lineman have just been normal, typical high school football players.  That's what we are, and we have some pretty good ones.  I think we'll be a lot better."

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