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Xavier football team taking nothing for granted

HS journalism: Still lots of work ahead for top-ranked Saints

Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Kyle Krezek (left) grabs Iowa City Regina’s Ashton Cook for a sacks during a game against the Regals in August. The Saints are 7-0 heading into Friday’s game at Center Point-Urbana. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Kyle Krezek (left) grabs Iowa City Regina’s Ashton Cook for a sacks during a game against the Regals in August. The Saints are 7-0 heading into Friday’s game at Center Point-Urbana. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — After winning a football state championship last year, the pressure is on for this year’s Xavier team to take it all again.

“I think the season has been going all right so far,” senior and team captain Kyle Krezek said. “There are obviously a lot of things we need to work on and get better at, but we just need to continue to come together and work as a team.”

Krezek knows once he steps onto the field every Friday night, his teammates have his back and he has theirs. He trusts they will push each other to get better individually and as a whole.

“There are no other people I would rather go to war with,” Krezek said.

The Saints know every team wants to beat them and that only pushes them to do better.

“We are not trying to think about last year’s championship,” senior Kyle Moeder said. “Our focus is on this year’s team and trying to get better one day and one practice at a time.”

A big part of the team getting better and being able to improve is their scout team. The scout team mimics the defense and offense of the Saints’ next opponent by watching film to see strategies and how the opponent plays.

“Without them, we would not have a team,” Krezek said. “They sacrifice themselves for this team and are always pushing and challenging us to do better.”

The Saints are 7-0 and top ranked in Class 3A. They on the road Friday, traveling to Center Point-Urbana. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m.

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