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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 9:09 pm, Tue Aug 28, 2012.

A new level of motivation has arisen for the Pusch Ridge Lions football team under new Head Coach Troy Cropp, who has started a more organized and efficient training program.

Coming off a 2-8 record last year, the Lions look forward to this next season as a time to rebuild and win more games.  

Cropp believes that the new training program that focuses on balance, speed, and plyometrics will improve his players’ strength and build confidence when facing higher competition.

The new training program has not only been implemented into the high school program, but also the younger football programs, starting as early as third grade.  

The biggest challenge that Cropp said the team will face is overcoming a lack of confidence due to last season.  He believes that the first step toward building confidence is believing in the new training program.

“It’s a new commitment level and players have to buy into that,” said Cropp. “They need to build unity and work tremendously hard.”

Leading the team is a group of nine seniors: Grayson Bargohls, Jared Hout, Elijah McKenna, Robert Ferrari, Parker Gotcher, Joey Lowery, Adan Moreno, Will King, and Tim Yarborough.  

All of these players help contribute to the top strength of their team: smartness to playing the game of football.

“The guys have a football intelligence,” said Cropp. “They understand what we’re doing and why we are doing it.”

One player that will bring a lot of experience to the team is senior Bargohls, a defensive back and receiver.  Being Third-Team All-Arizona his junior year, Cropp expects Bargohls to have a big season.

(Editor’s Note: See more on the Lions’ 2012 season at www.explorernews/high_school_sports.)

“He is a gamer and works really hard,” said Cropp. “His intensity and size will help our team out.”

Also, in the senior lineup are Hout and Lowery who Cropp says are both leaders, possess a lot of humility, and will do what it takes to help the team.  

Other players include junior quarterback Jacob Frithsen and sophomores Mitch Reilly, Taylor Fitzgerald, and Kif Nichols.

The Lions bring to this season a new level of motivation and determination that rivaling teams be forced to contend with.

The Lions had a tough first week outing, losing the home opener 38-0 to Joy Christian.

The Lions look to get back on track in the second week when they host Empire at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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