The Corcoran Cougars football team is using a sluggish second half of their 2012 season as motivation in 2013.
A few games into their 2012 season, the Cougars were riding high at 3-1, but then the wheels came off, as the team lost four games in a row to finish the season at 3-5. Because of that skid, the team wasted no time in getting back to work.
"We didn't like that taste in our mouth," head coach Tyrone Fisher, says. So they started workouts the Monday after Thanksgiving break, working to fix the mistakes they made that finished their season.
Throughout the offseason, a chalkboard in the weight room served as motivation for the players. The athletes could look up at motivating words and phrases on that chalkboard, which represented what they didn't do, and use it to put some fire in that day's workout.
"We talked about it all year long," Fisher says. "We're a really hard-working group, we do a real good job every day of coming together and understanding that we need to persevere, we need to outhustle, outlast, outplay, outthink everybody that we go up against."
The team lost some size up front, but return some key skill players like quarterback Roy Bell and tailback/cornerback Nasheem Walker, who is getting looked at by some MAC-level Division I football programs.
Corcoran begins their 2013 season at home against Utica Proctor on 9/6 at 5 p.m.