CEDAR RAPIDS — Staying humble when having success is the key for every great sports team — and every great sports season.
The Cedar Rapids Xavier football is looking to continue that philosophy after the great success it has experienced this season.
The Saints, undefeated after a 37-0 victory over Independence last Friday, are enjoying their victories, but are extremely focused on staying humble, the same as every year.
“We know that everyone wants to beat us,” senior defensive back Brandon Serovy said. “We just try and work as hard as we can at practice every day so we are prepared for every game that comes our way.”
After so much success every year, it would be easy to rest on the laurels of past success and become complacent. Instead, fans of the team continue to see success every single year. When asked how they achieve this, senior running back Jax Junge gave Coach Duane Schulte much of the credit for keeping the team hungry.
“After every game coach tells us to enjoy the win, but be ready to come back Monday and get back to work,” Junge said. “He always is telling us to stay hungry and not be satisfied with just a win.”
This attitude has evidently taken hold of the entire program, with losing seasons very hard to find in the record books. Also missing from those record books, with the exception of 2006, are state titles. With many extremely successful seasons, to say the lack of state titles is surprising is an understatement.
Senior cornerback Justin Schneider looks at this missing component as further motivation.
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“I think that we realize that even though we have had success, we have never been perfect which is what we always work toward at the end of the day,” Schneider said. “We all want a state title, and are convinced that if we stay sharp, we can be successful.”
The Saints host undefeated Waverly-Shell Rock tonight in a homecoming game starting at 7.