HS Football Preview: Old Abes ‘all-in’ to take the next step in 2019

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — Last season, Eau Claire Memorial missed the playoffs finishing 4-6 overall. But heading into 2019 excitement around the program is high, as the Old Abes are ready to take the next step forward.

Mike Sinz enters his third season as head coach for Memorial, with an even 10-10 overall record. He put an emphasis on getting stronger and increasing numbers in the weight room this off-season, and the players have been all-in.

“We averaged probably 55 players every morning at 6:30-8,” says Sinz. “They bought in, they believe in the system in what we’re doing, and believe in the 2019 season overall. Our motto’s ‘all-in,’ and we have a lot of kids that have taken that to heart.”

One of those players is junior running back Loyal Crawford, who recently verbally committed to Wisconsin. He missed the final six games of the season in 2018 with a broken collarbone, but is now healthy and adds a whole different dynamic to their rushing attack. According to Sinz, if Crawford takes the next step with his game, so will Memorial’s offense.

“He’s had an incredible off-season. He wants to be great, and that’s half of it right there,” Sinz says. “He wants to be an outstanding player, he wants to be the best player in the conference, and that’s just his mindset. He just every rep has to get better, every game, and anything he does he’s got to take that next step.”

The Old Abes open the season with a non-conference game on August 23rd at La Crosse Logan.

Collin Talbert

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