Eau Claire (WQOW) — Eau Claire North begins their second season under head coach Andy Jarzynski, as the Huskies are looking for their first win since 2015.
North’s numbers throughout the program have gone up from 2018, along with players participation in the weight room for training. The final step now for the Huskies is to snap the 34-game losing streak, which this group believes they have enough talent to do. They return some experience on both sides of the ball with eight starters apiece, and feel they just need to get over the hump with that first win.
“It feels like the most important step,” says junior defensive lineman John Hedrington. “Because it shows that we’re out there and fighting right now.”
“We have the dedication to do it,” senior fullback Sammy Barbie says. “I feel like we’ll be able to overcome any obstacle that we come to.”
“It makes us want to keep grinding, and grinding, and get more wins after that,” says senior defensive lineman Anthony Pogodzinski. “We just want to keep working hard, and just be hard workers out there.
One of the biggest points of emphasis this off-season for Jarzynski and his coaching staff, bringing the excitement back on the north side.
“That’s really the big deal right now, is getting the kids to be excited about playing football and whatever that takes to do,” says Jarzynski. “This is all organic on their part, this wasn’t us saying there was going to be cameras here and go out there and run around and make it look like we know what we’re doing. It’s the kids that have to make the decision to buy-in, to want to break that record of losses, and to bring North back to where North used to be.”
The Huskies open the season on August 22nd at UW-La Crosse, taking on La Crosse Central in a non-conference game.