SUAMICO (WLUK) -- Bay Port opened its 2018 football season with a practice on Tuesday and the Pirates had a different look, in some ways.
Lost to graduation are Fox River Classic Conference co-offensive player of the year Isaac Krause, Cordell Tinch and Jack Plumb -- the latter two who are now competing in the Big Ten Conference.
Despite the losses the Pirates have the first day of practice always gives off a positive feeling.
"Just excited to be back on the field for a group of kids that have worked so hard," coach Gary Westerman said. "You put all that time in the weight room and we love to coach and they love to put on the helmet and play, so it's awesome."
"It's great to be back out here, first day," senior wide receiver/punter Cody Lindquist said. "Get to see kind of what the season's going to hold. All the work we put into the offseason, it's to come out here and show it and see what everybody can prove."
Bay Port has proven a lot the last two years, having not lost a conference game. However, the Pirates have to figure a way to keep it going with new faces. Lindquist should step in and replace Tinch (70 catches for 964 yards and 9 TDs last season) at wide receiver. Lindquist made some impressive catches Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Krause led the Pirates with 1,103 rushing yards and 12 TDs last season as a quarterback and Jacob Calawerts aded 832 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Notwithstanding, junior Isaiah Gash is primed to take over the rushing lead after gaining 872 yards last season with 15 TDs.
Roster turnover happens every year, so Westerman knows how to tackle it.
"Typically we're graduating 30 players and a lot of those kids are playing," he said. "This year's a little unique. We're going to play quite a few underclassmen. Talented athletes."
Bay Port has won 18 straight Fox River Classic Conference games, but Westerman isn't about to compare this year's team to the past two.
"We don't compare or worry about what's happened last year; whether we talk about wins or losses or anything like that," Westerman said. "Again, it is cliche, but our focus is winning each day and just being better tomorrow than what we were today."
Bay Port open's its season Aug. 16 against Sheboygan North and the players can't wait to pick up where last year's team left off.
"I've been thinking about it all year, ever since the last game I've been excited to get out on the field and play the first game," Lindquist said.
Based on recent history, you know the Pirates will be ready.
BAY PORT SCHEDULE
Aug. 16 Sheboygan North
Aug. 23 at Sheboygan South
Aug. 30 at Manitowoc
Sept. 7 Ashwaubenon
Sept. 14 at Pulaski
Sept. 21 Notre Dame
Sept. 28 at GB Southwest
Oct. 5 at De Pere
Oct. 12 GB Preble
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