Falcons pull together this season to complete Three-peat
By John Kemmeter
When the 2017 season began in August, Amherst High School football head coach Mark Lusic didn’t think his squad was a State Championship-caliber team.
The Falcons lost 11 starters from the 2016 team that won the program’s second WIAA Division 5 State Title in a row, and had a number of holes to fill in key positions on both offense and defense.
By the time the playoffs rolled around, Amherst had transformed itself into a juggernaut, and with a 28-21 win over Lake Country Lutheran in the State Championship Game Thursday, Nov. 16, capped its season with a third consecutive State Title.
“We just came together as a team,” said Amherst senior linebacker/tight end Thomas Anderson. “Just kept going, grinding at practice, and we came together.”
“My first speech in August was, ‘I think there are a lot of individuals on this team, but we’re not a team yet,’” said Lusic. “And we came together slowly.
“But we started coming,” he said. “And in the playoffs, we really started to take off.”
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