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What are the Crusaders doing?

TC has visions of finally cashing in on state title aspirations after two years of close calls. There's plenty of potential, but as coach Bob Henriquez puts it, "Potential just means you haven't done anything yet."

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What they're saying about the Crusaders

Coach Bob Henriquez "I think this year there's more anticipation. We want to see if we can put all the pieces together."

Coach Bob Henriquez "The key this year is being efficient on offense, helping our defense with field position and special teams as we mature on the defensive side of the ball."

Lennard coach George Edington "They have a ton of athletes. They're big, strong, fast and well-coached. Anytime you face that, you are in for a long night."

QB Christian Green "... We're expecting to have a good team. We just need to win those big games and we have to pull out the close games."

OT Chaz Green "Senior leadership is going to be the main key. That's what a lot of championship teams have."

Friday Night Rewind With a postseason path that includes a collision course with 2B power Pahokee (five state titles in six years) in the state semis, Crusaders will have to be better than ever.

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Crusaders we'll be following on Fridays

QB Christian Green Plan on seeing the Crusaders utilize the bay area top recruit's athleticism more than ever.

OT Chaz Green A bulldozing blocker who is an automatic mismatch, he has great feet for his size (6-6, 295 pounds).

RB Hank McCloud A strong runner who sometimes goes unnoticed, but his 1,300 rushing yards last season were no joke.

CB Jeremi Wilkes Great cover corner owns a scholarship offer from Florida State, more to come.

QB/WR D.J. Williams Son of former pro quarterback Doug Williams has waited for his time to shine. Henriquez plans to give him that opportunity in a variety of roles.

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Tweet and sour

Why the Crusaders will make the playoffs

Will Win If

Untested defense steps up and the offense doesn't force a shootout style.

Why they may not make the playoffs

Will Lose If The Crusaders' stars become more concerned about stats than wins.

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