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Patterson Mill football: From winless to winning

Posted at 6:00 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 09:09:07-04

BEL AIR, Md. — It’s been an epic turnaround for the Patterson Mill High School football team.

“It feels really special,” said senior safety/receiver Christian Pross.

“It’s been huge, not only for me and the team, but for our school,” added senior quarterback Nathan Vujanic.

From winless in 2018, to 4-1 and counting in 2019.

“Coming off last year, 0-9, we didn’t know what to do,” said Pross. “But then bouncing back this year, we worked hard in the offseason.”

“The kids are playing for each other. They’re having a lot of fun doing it,” said Head Coach Steve Lurz.

The Huskies’ roster is filled with experience. Out of the 26 players, 20 are seniors.

“We’ve been here for a while and we know we’ve struggled. Seniors wanted change and we feel like we got that. We all kind of bought into each other,” said Pross.

“Everybody is kind of a leader,” said Vujanic. “Five of us have been on varsity for three years and experience is a big part of it.”

Vujanic has started since he was a sophomore.

The Huskies are off to this great start knowing they won’t have a true home game this year. They’re getting a new turf field put in on campus. They have three home games scheduled to be played at multiple locations.

“It’s been kind of hard for us mentally because we know we’re always playing away. We never get to play in front of our crowd,” said Pross. “But, it doesn’t really phase us much because we know that we’re there for each other.”

“I think the guys kind of enjoy it a little bit in the fact that it’s kind of like us against the world type thing,” described Lurz. “Us against the world is kind of good.”

On Friday it’s Patterson Mill against unbeaten Harford Tech.

“This is probably our hardest game of the year,” said Pross.

“5-0 this year and were almost undefeated last year,” said Vujanic about the Cobras. “They’re a very mistake-free football team and we need to play that way, too.”

Kickoff Friday at Harford Tech is set for 7:00 p.m.

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