ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - After going 1-7 last season, the 2012 RFA Black Knights are doing all the right things to make this year better.
In the off season, Coach Ted Swavely and his staff actively went around the schools in Rome and recruited kids to come back to football. That hard work paid off as 85 boys came out to play, over 40 for varsity alone.
"There's such a bad taste in our mouth from last year." says Swavely as he begins his fourth season as head coach at RFA. "We hit the weight room and let me tell you I had 62 kids test out in the weight room by the end of the summer. That's a big number for us."
Of the over 40 kids on varsity, there are only five seniors. That means they underclassmen have to step up. One way they have done so is to name three juniors as co-captains.
Junior Josh Reed is one of them. "Kids are stepping and realizing that we are the future of this program. We have a lot of freshman and sophomores that will play varsity this year and in the future. They are bringing people with them and our numbers are going up."
The Black Knights will need those numbers to pay off early. RFA will host Whitesboro on August 31st to open the season. Game time is set for 7 p.m.