Cleveland Storm Football Team comes into 2018 young, but very athletic

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The Cleveland Storm come into the 2018 football season young, but very determined. They are coming off of a 10-2 season that ended in the semifinals in a close 37-34 loss with La Cueva. Head Coach, Heath Ridenour likes his team and the mentality that they have brought in this year.

“We got a great group of kids that really work, they have a great work ethic. Two non-negotiables in our program are your attitude and your effort. Any player can control those things and I feel like we have an incredible attitude and our effort is top notch every day,” said Heath Ridenour.

The Storm did lose a large group of seniors from a year ago, but coach Ridenour seems confident in the very athletic group that he has this year to fill those missing pieces.

“You know, we are going to replace those seniors and we feel like we have a good core group of kids, with really good leadership and we are going to be competitive on Friday nights,” said Ridenour.

Coach Ridenour is more excited than ever to get back into the football season, as the long-time friend of Brian Urlacher was at his recent Hall of Fame Enshrinement, and he hopes to bring that excitement to his team this season.

“After being in Canton and hearing those things, I am excited about just building a relationship with these kids. I mean, the wins and the losses are going to take care of themselves, but you realize time is precious and you just want to take time with these kids, and we have a great group of kids. I am just looking forward to the process,” said Ridenour.

The Storm will open their 2018 season on Aug. 24, at Onate High School.

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