The Fort Knox Eagles are an anomaly.
In each of the past two seasons, the Eagles have started off the year with a victory. They’ve also ended those years on a lengthy losing streak.
Fort Knox followed up its season-opening win by losing its final 13 games in 2015 and its final 15 contests in 2016, a trend second-year coach Michael Andersen hopes to reverse in 2017.
“We want to have more victories than the previous year,” Andersen said. “We’ve been stuck at just one victory the last two years. We want to build the program, and the result would be more victories. But getting the kids more competitive against teams within the division is the goal. Hopefully that leads to more victories.
“It is frustrating, but winning isn’t the only thing. We always hope for more victories, but that’s going to come in time. We’re going to be better this year without a doubt. We started earlier with our conditioning program and we’ve got some returning players that will be even more dynamic than last year.”
Andersen thinks he has the pieces in place to get over the one-win hump.
Returning players include senior Christian Hart, junior Chris Loring and sophomores Travis Haley, Liam Kaune and Abdiel Santana.
Hart, Kaune and Loring appeared in all 16 games last season, while Haley and Santana played in 14. Loring scored three times and Kaune twice.
“You know how our program is: People come and go pretty quickly around here,” Andersen said. “But we’re glad to have those guys back. That’s a nice quantity for us.”
Andersen said the quintet has become the leadership group of the team.
“They’re leaders, they know the game and they’re very knowledgeable of the game, they’re in good condition and they just encourage their teammates,” he said. “It’s gonna be hard to select the captains this year because we have a lot…