By Katherine Dunn
The Baltimore Sun
4:05 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts about one aspect of their season or reflect on the season to date.
This week’s guest is Ronnie Beswick, a senior receiver/defensive back from Archbishop Spalding’s 3-0 football team. A team captain, Ronnie has 13 catches this fall for 245 yards and four touchdowns. He also has eight tackles and an interception.
His play has drawn the interest of a variety of Football Championship Subdivision and Ivy League coaches.
Here's what Ronnie wrote about the young season under new coach Kyle Schmitt and his staff:
Walking into the offseason was for sure both exciting and nerve-racking for myself and many of the other teammates. We all did not know what to expect, but we knew from day one that we were going to have to work harder than we ever have before to achieve the goals placed in front of us for our upcoming season. The coaches approached the workouts with a sense of urgency and passion which gave us a preview of what the season would be like. They wanted the offense to be fast-moving and the defense to be intense. So far, after just 3 games, we have been doing exactly what they wanted and are hoping to continue the success.
We walk into every practice determined to get better each day and never take a day off. This is how it has been since the start of two-a-days. At this point in the season it’s more of mental practices instead of physical as we prepare for our upcoming opponents. The team realizes that our upcoming games, which include our tough [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A] conference games, are really going to test us. We are going to have to prove to people that we have worked as hard as anyone else this offseason. The tough schedule doesn’t scare us. We go into every game believing we can win because, if not, we won’t win. We are ready for the upcoming teams we will face.
The coaches prepare us every week we just have to go execute. This coaching staff is one of the best around and we never walk into a game unprepared. They understand the opponents we have upcoming and they feel the same as myself and the team. Having this coaching staff this year, especially for my senior year, is a blessing. They have taught us new things and are still teaching us as we grow as a team. They gave us goals and we are determined to achieve these goals.
The teammates I have are like none other. We have a bond, we are like a family and will continue to be no matter what the circumstances are throughout the season. Even after the season, the brotherhood we have won’t go away. We have grown as a team so far through the first 3 games. We were tested and we just out-worked and out-hustled the other teams, and that is why we are 3-0 right now. We want to continue the winning despite the challenging schedule, but that’s why we play the games. We haven’t changed a thing in practice because of this. We continue to work hard and keep our same routine going. We are not nervous about this; we are a loose team, and that’s how we will be throughout the rest of the year.
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