WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette Jeff Bronchos are coming off a 1-9 (1-8 in HCC) record in 2013, but despite the tough season the team carries a renewed sense of enthusiasm into 2014.
Lafayette Jeff is one of several area teams with much higher expectations than in recent years. The Bronchos, alongside McCutcheon and Harrison, are making the move to the North Central Conference from the brutal Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
Head coach Andy Kennedy and the Bronchos are not sad to be leaving the HCC behind.
“That conference, the HCC, was a buzzsaw. And the NCC, I think that anytime you’re a struggling program and you get an opportunity to play different teams, I think the mindset becomes fresh and everybody’s excited again,” Kennedy said.
Despite the move to the NCC, the players know they can’t take anything for granted.
“I’m kind of afraid the competition is going to be as good as Zionsville and Avon, and all of them, but it’ll feel good to play local teams,” senior quarterback Brandon Gawlik said. “The expectations are high. A lot of people are saying we’re going to win football games, and I’m telling them, ‘yeah, we’re going to win football games.’ So, the expectations are high this year.”
“We haven’t really had like a good season or a winning season in a long time. So I mean this is a good chance, a good opportunity, to get out there and get a winning season again,” junior running back Daniel Ricksy said.