BLOG: Kennard-Dale football tries to change its culture
It's been five seasons since the Kennard-Dale football team had anything resembling a decent year.
That came back in 2010, when the Rams won five games and qualified for the District 3-AAA playoffs, ultimately losing in the first round to Bishop McDevitt. Since that season, K-D has only won seven games total, winning two the following year, going winless in 2012, winning one each in 2013 and 2014 and then topping out with three wins last year.
Yet, even by going 3-7 last year, it was hardly a completely positive season for the Rams. Head coach Patrick Weider was replaced after four games by co-interim head coaches Chris Grube and Eric Updegrove, who led the Rams for the rest of the season. However, that's when things began trending upward for K-D, with the team going 2-4 under the new coaches.
In the offseason, Grube was hired as the next head coach of the program. Back in January, Grube spoke to The York Dispatch.
"I’m just really excited for the opportunity that is given to me," Grube said. "The kids are really excited and I got to speak to some of them last week. I can see their excitement. They saw at the end of last year where me and Eric (Updegrove) were able to be the co-interim coaches that ‘hey, maybe we can do something special down here.' So it was nice to see them sort of buy into that and I’m hoping that they will continue to do so this upcoming year.”
To go along with the new coaching direction will also be a change in the team's appearance.
The 2016 K-D football team will not only have a new coach, but a new look and, hopefully, new results.
On Tuesday, the Rams released a photo of new helmets they will be sporting in the fall, looking very similar to the old Los Angeles Rams design of the mid-1960s and 1970s.
It's not uncommon for high school teams to get new uniforms every couple years and, with the change of direction in the program, now seemed about as good a time as any to show off a fresh look.
Now, the only thing left to change is the results on the field every Friday night. K-D will be playing in a refurbished stadium this coming season, so it seems that all things surrounding Rams football are on the way up.
The last thing to do is start winning more consistently, and maybe K-D can see itself back in the postseason for the first time since 2010.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org