Elkhart Memorial prepared to turn things around

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

Elkhart Memorial went just 1-9 in 2012 but that hasn't deterred this years squad. Coach Bill Roggeman is entering his second year as head coach returning 6 starters on offense and 5 on the defensive side of the ball.

While it took a while for the Chargers to get going they began to find their stride late in the season. They picked up a win on the road at Northridge to end the regular season before falling 17-13 to their rival Elkhart Central in sectionals. A huge improvement when you compare it to the fact Central beat them 51-3 to start the season.

In fact their last three losses of the year came by just 12 total points. Coach Roggeman keeps reminding his players of how far they came in just a matter of weeks. "We did feel like we improved as the year went on last season. The scores were closer, the scores showed it even though we didn't crack into the win column until that final game of the season. We were better than we were when we started and that was a spring board for this year." said Roggeman.

His senior class believes they were right there as well. Feeling that they had just begun to click before the season came to a close. "That Northridge game really got our hopes up. Then we started fighting and fighting. Now I feel like we are a lot closer. We know the system better and I expect great things for our team," added senior running back Kane Rickey.

The Chargers will kick off 2013 against their rivals the Elkhart Central Blue Blazzers on August 23 in the battle for the Mangy Lion.

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