WOODLAND - The Pioneer Patriots will be starting off the 2013-14 season with a new head coach bringing in a renewed sense of team comradery.
Last season, the Patriots finished with a lackluster 4-6 record. Not only that but, they ended the year losing to rival Woodland by a mere one point.
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This season, the Patriots believe they can turn things around, with the help from new head coach, Dave Collinsworth. Growing up just two blocks from Pioneer, Collinsworth is all about bringing the community pride.
"I'm honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve my community," Collinsworth said.
More importantly, the team all agree since Collinsworth has taken over, the energy level has increased exponentially and the players are certainly taking note.
Will Fatta, Patriots offensive lineman said, "I've never came home from practice this tired before."
"(Yesterday) I was just scared, I was like is it going to be the same tomorrow," Fatta said.
Senior quarterback Anthony Bosser said the Patriots are just starting to come together as a team this year for the first time.
"We're going all out this year." Bosser said. "We'll surprise a lot of teams."
The Patriots begin the season at home on Week One versus Wood High School.
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