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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It is not easy for St. Francis to sneak up on people with last season's record of 8-2. A new era of knights football is here in their third year with coach Chris Hedden.

"The expectations are high," said Hedden. "One thing about the track you have to show up every week no matter where you are playing at home on the road, no matter who top to bottom. You don't show up you can take a loss."

Hedden was on the UT Rockets staff with Tom Amstutz and runs a tight ship. Players are  feeling well prepared with Hedden.  

"Last year are motto was to return to tradition and its not gonna happen in just on season," said Senior lineman Luke Ketterman. "I think this year we are gonna carry it on and we're definitely gonna return to the tradition of winning. All the enthusiasm is great and we're expecting a lot of great fans this year."

Over the summer running back Keonte Johnson was injured in an inner city shooting and will probably not be playing this year. However, St. Francis still has an electric running back Lamar Carswell who carried the ball for 1,200 yards last year.

"Last year no one was really expecting  anything like this big out of us, it was a big surprise," said Carswell. "Now I feel people have a target on our back so we have to just work harder than we do."

Hedden says they want the team to play more balanced.

"We always want to run the ball," said Hedden. " I think if you're gonna be a good football team you have to be able to establish that but we like to be balanced and play 50/50 if we can."

The Knights open their season at Southview. 

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