Bellefonte Football At A Glance
Written by: William Albright on Thursday, August 30th, 2012
During the 2010 season, Duffy Besch and his staff were pleasantly surprised as a bunch of untested Raiders bonded together to post a 7-3 regular season while qualifying for the District VI Class AAA playoffs.
On the heels of that campaign after losing a large number of talented seniors, Besch and his troops waded through a rough 1-9 campaign.
Now that is all history, the Red Raiders are looking to improve on their one-win season of a year ago and Besch hopes that the renewed enthusiasm carries over to Friday nights on the football field.
Here is a closer look at the Raiders:
Head Coach: Daniel “Duffy” Besch
League: Mountain Athletic Football Conference, Seven Mountains Division
2012 Bellefonte Red Raider Football Schedule
8/31 @ Bald Eagle Area Eagles 7:00 pm
9/07 @ Huntingdon Area Bearcats 7:00 pm
9/14 Philipsburg-Osceola Mounties 7:00 pm
9/21 Central Mountain Wildcats* 7:00 pm
9/28 @ Tyrone Golden Eagles 7:00 pm
10/05 @ Clearfield Area Bison* 7:00 pm
10/12 @ Penns Valley Rams 7:00 pm
10/19 Central Martinsburg Scarlet Dragons 7:00 pm
10/26 Bald Eagle Area Eagles 7:00 pm
11/02 @ Saint Marys Flying Dutch 7:00 pm
Skipping The Sidelines With Coach Besch
Besch on pre-season camp
“Camp has been good,” said Besch. “I would say we have been very successful, the kids are relatively healthy and we haven’t had too much of the injury bug. From the standpoint of where we are compared to where we want to be, I would say we are close. I think everybody wants to be a little farther along than they are, but we are making strides and that is what we were hoping to do.
“We had an inter-squad scrimmage at the end of the first week and we scrimmaged Southern Huntingdon the second week,” said Besch. “What we are looking for is to see what we can really do. After the inter-squad scrimmage, we were anxious to see what it would look like against another team.”
Numbers, attitude and conditioning
“For the most part, our kids have responded to what we asked them to do and I think the kids came back in relatively good shape,” Besch said. “Our off-season program was much better than it was the previous year. It was attended pretty good and we realized some success. We have been working with the kids in an attempt to catch all of them up to the same game speed and hopefully we are able to do that quickly. But remember it is camp and you have some ups and downs and lulls, but if you can keep moving forward each day and not have too many setbacks, then I feel that you have a successful camp. Being this far into it, it has been successful.”
Rebounding from last season
“The kids who are coming back from last year have shown a lot of improvement,” Besch said. “When you have a lot of success and go to the district playoffs as an underclassman, you sometimes think that is the way it is always going to be. Then to have the season we had last year just proves that every year, every season is different because you don’t know what cards are going to be dealt to you and you have to play with the ones you are given. This group has taken upon the responsibility of making sure they don’t have a repeat of last year and I think that says a lot about the kids we have.
“We are in the mid 40s which is pretty good considering when you go 1-9 you usually drop quite a bit,” said Besch. “For the most part, our senior group has come back strong, we picked up a junior or two and most of the sophomores are back so I think we are in good shape. We have some skill guys who we can interchange parts with and utilize them by putting them in different places and that is a positive. We have a little bit of depth on the line and that is always a bonus. All in all, we have some competition going on for many of the positions so hopefully we can put all of the pieces of the puzzle together.”
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