WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Central Catholic Knights had to move practice indoors Monday afternoon to escape the weather as they continue to prepare for the 2014 season.
Still, a lot of progress was made for the Knights with the season opener less than two weeks away.
For coach Kevin O’Shea and the Knights, last year’s 28-24 loss to the Tipton Blue Devils in the sectional semifinals was an unfamiliar feeling.
After four straight state titles in Class A, the Knights were ousted early in their first year in Class 2A. Coach O’Shea says the loss has burned for his team well into the summer.
“I think that loss last year to Tipton does motivate us,” O’Shea said. “We got most of those kids back this year, and that’s been the driving force in our workouts all spring and summer. We got beat in a tight game on the road, against the eventual state runner-ups, with a very young team. I think these young kids have that motivation and want to excel and want that success.”
Senior linebacker Joe Corcoran says the Knights learned a valuable less in that loss against Tipton.
“We just can’t take any team off,” Corcoran said. “We need to play physical and play the way Knights normally play. We can’t expect anyone is going to give us the game. We let Tipton have a little bit of a break, and they jumped up on us, and we lost the game in the last couple seconds.”