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Indians leave past in past for 2000

August 23, 2000

Indians leave past in past for 2000



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - There's no looking back for the Berkeley Springs Indians as they begin the 2000 football season.

That's because new coach Angelo Luvara will not allow it.

"I don't let them say 'last year,'" Luvara said. "We don't care about last year."

It's probably a good idea for the Indians to put the 1999 season behind them. After winning three of its final four games in 1998, Berkeley Springs bottomed out last season, going 0-10 and allowing 403 points - second-worst in the Tri-State area.

The Indians lost their opener to Hampshire and their finale to Hancock by seven points each. The rest of their games ended with point spreads anywhere from 20 to 62 points.

Enter Luvara, who spent the last 21 years coaching at Potomac State College. His immediate concern: Getting his 23 players to believe they can compete on the football field.

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"That's the biggest job right now - getting them prepared mentally," Luvara said. "The kids want to win. Every kid does. That'll take care of itself. Our job is to show them how to win.

"To me, any contest is 95 percent mental and 5 percent physical. So we're fighting that battle, but you do that with any team."

To hear some of Luvara's players talk, it's a battle the Indians are winning at this point.

"I had never played for an 0-10 team, so I was disappointed last year," said senior running back David Briscoe. "This year, we're determined not to go through that again. The guys are building each other up. The new staff is always there to help us and try to reach that goal.

"From that first day of practice, we were all looking forward to the new season," Briscoe added.

While Luvara wanted to get his players to work for him from the get-go, he would only have it on his terms.

"I told them from the start, 'I'm not going to come down to your level. You're going to have to come up to mine,'" Luvara said.

That included a change from the wing-T offense to a multi-set scheme mostly run out of the power-I formation.

Two positives for the Indians are the return of Briscoe and senior quarterback Mark Rockwell, both Herald-Mail All-Area honorable mention selections last season.

"Coach is showing me how to be a quarterback this year," Rockwell said. "Taking my steps, looking at coverages and so forth. We're changing things up, shifting people around and not being so predictable."

"It's been a world of change this year," Luvara said. "I think these kids have learned more football in the last two weeks than they did all last year."

Berkeley Springs Indians

 

Coach: Angelo Luvara, 1st year

1999 record: 0-10

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Mark Rockwell

Matt Rockwell

Matt Thompson

Jamie Moore

David Briscoe

Brian McClintock

Richard Stotler

Eli Parsell

44Jon Yost

Josh Clark

Matt Ruckman

Jesse Mills

Daniel Oakes

Jason Schetrompf

Victor Miller

Steven Smith

Richard Clingerman

Shane Bosley

Jacob Wilson

Justin Slone

Jeff Nuzzolo II

2000 Schedule


Aug. 25, Hampshire, 7:30; Sept. 2, at Bishop Walsh (Md.), 1:30; Sept. 8, at Beall (Md.), 7:30; Sept. 15, Westmar (Md.), 7:30; Sept. 22, at Northern Garrett (Md.), 7:30; Sept. 29, Petersburg, 7:30; Oct. 6, Hancock (Md.), 7:30; Oct. 13, at Moorefield, 7:30; Oct. 20, Frankfort, 7:30; Oct. 27, at East Hardy, 7:30.

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