Friday, August 31, 2012

Camp Kovak, Somerset (fourth stop)

The trophy case just outside the doors to the coaches office in the field house at Somerset High School's football stadium isn't a particularly crowded display.

There's mementos commemorating the Golden Eagles' 1990 LHAC championship. There are pictures and a few other pieces of memorabilia from an undefeated team in 1950s ... and not much else.

When it comes to tradition, Somerset football doesn't have much.

And that makes establishing a winning attitude - a task given to second-year head coach Bob Landis and his staff - a tough task. Not that it can't be done, even for a program whose last winning season came in 2007. And that winning season was preceded by a winning season, well, let's just say it took a while.

Somerset's roster is filled with baseball players, and the Golden Eagles' baseball program is well-known because they win and win frequently. 

"I don't know why there's not more tradition," Landis said. "When you look at athletes, there's more around here than other places."

Somerset, which won three games in 2011 after a winless season two years ago, competes in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference and has moved back up to Class AAA this season. The Golden Eagles will rely on several key members of its baseball team, particularly junior quarterback Tanner Stull, on the field.

"Even with other sports, the guys are working all year-round," Landis said. "One goal is consistency. We want to be very consistent on offense and on defense. They're working hard. Our numbers are low for our size but we're seeing good effort."

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