ELMHURST – Following last year's 0-9 season, Ted Harrold is leading the charge to turn things around for York. The cornerback is one of four captains on the team, along with Zach Ray, Liam Gaughan and Joe Helton.
Santaromita: How do you come back from an 0-9 season?
Harrold: We had people drive by [during practice] on St. Charles [Road] yell '0-9' mockingly and it’s honestly fuel. It’s just fuel for us because we’re so ready for this season. We know we’re going to have a way better season than last season.
Santaromita: What's the biggest difference you've noticed from last year so far?
Harrold: I think the biggest difference is the mentality. Last year a lot of the seniors were saying that we were going to go 6-3 and we weren’t lifting in the offseason and we weren’t running. They kind of just thought it was going to be handed to us. Once we went 0-9 that was kind of a rude awakening. It just made us understand that it’s going to take a lot of hard work to even get some wins. It’s not going to be easy.
Santaromita: Has being familiar with coach Steve Nye helped heading in his second year?
Harrold: Not even us just not knowing him and his system, but he didn’t know us as players (last year). He didn’t know who would be best in what position so that was difficult, too.
Santaromita: Have Nye and the coaching staff changed any of the basic schemes?
Harrold: Offensively we’re completely different. We’ve got a much more pound-it-down-the-middle mentality. Just get 4 or 5 yards a pop and hopefully break a big one eventually.
Santaromita: What are your goals for this season?
Harrold: Just give it everything we have week in and week out. I think that was an important lesson that we learned last year. I guess perseverance; no matter what happens give it everything we have and work your hardest.
Aug. 30 Clark, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 Proviso East, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Proviso West, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Downers Grove North, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 Lyons Township, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 at Glenbard West, 1 p.m.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: York vs. Clark
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Clarence D. East Football Field, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst
2012 records: York 0-9, Clark 2-6
Outlook: The Dukes will be looking to get in the win column right away after the forgettable 2012 season. After facing nine playoff teams last year, on paper Clark shouldn't pose too much of a threat. The Eagles are a Class 4A program that plays in the Chicago Public League.