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Deerfield Ready for Game Week

August 28, 2006

Albany -- The Deerfield-Windsor football team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last season, and consider it a down year.

The Knights take the field for their season opener this Friday night, and will be focused and ready.

Senior James Salter says, "Coach always has us working hard on Mondays, pushing the sled. We're just looking forward to game week."

The Knights say everything changes the week before the first game.

"It's a lot more serious" says senior David Lightle. "You have to bring the intensity up, or the coaches won't put up with it. We're all used to that."

Coach Alan Lowe says, "Everybody's temp picks up a little bit. They're tired of practicing. Practice has been a little sluggish, and hopefully we'll pick it up big time."

Deerfield held a scrimmage on Friday, and coach Alan Lowe says they were able to learn a lot about their team.

"It was good to hit somebody else, and iron out some kinks," says Lowe. "We were able to take a look at some young guys and try and find some depth. The first few games are going to be the same way. This season we'll have to play a lot of guys, and hopefully some people will be ready to step up."

Lightle says, "We looked pretty good coming off the ball, and I think we were a lot more physical than we were last year. I liked the way we looked."

The Knights open the season at home against George Walton.

Salter says, "It's great to have the fan support behind you and the student body out watching. It makes you want to play a lot harder when you have your friends and family watching."

Coach Lowe adds, "It's the only home game for about a month, so if you want to see us, you better come out this week."

The Knights won't play their second home game of the year until October 6th.

Kick-off Friday night is at 7:30 PM.

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