WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Raiders are coming off their third straight winless season. But with a new head coach and a new conference to play in, the orange and blue are excited for the 2014 season.
Being excited to play games that count is not something you hear very often from a team that hasn’t won a game since September of 2010.
Coach Peebles and the Raiders are ready to snap the streak and get the program back to where it belongs.
“I know some of the kids haven’t had the opportunity to win games, to be successful. And I think they see with a great group of seniors we have and a good group of underclassmen that they see, that in this new conference we have the ability to go out and compete and I think that we will,” said Peebles.
It starts with wanting to earn respect on the field and in the community. Senior inside linebacker Seth Meyer understands it won’t be easy, but is looking forward to the opportunity nonetheless.
“Coming from a different conference I feel like we get underestimated quite a bit, and not winning a few games in a while might have something to do with that. But respect is a very big thing for us, we need to go out there and show everybody that we can play football and we’re good at it,” said Meyer.
After facing Westfield week one and Western Booke week two, the Raiders will get their first look at the North Central Conference when they host the Logansport Berries at A.J. Rickard Field in week three.
Senior slot receiver Jeep Morehouse is looking forward to playing in the NCC and is looking at the opportunity as a fresh start.
“It just feels like it’s a new start for us. It feels like we can actually go out there and experiment with new things and some of us don’t know what it feels like to win and stuff,” said Morehouse.
To say this team is hungry for a win would be a huge understatement. Senior running back Daniel Wright’s eyes lit up when he was asked just how hungry the Raiders really are.
“We’re extremely hungry for it and we’re ready for that first win. We’re ready for the fans to crowd onto the field,” Wright said. “It’s a new beginning for us with a new coach, a new conference and we’re looking forward to it.”