Long Reach senior defensive end Michael Zeleznik remembers the conversations about the football program his freshman year.
The team isn’t any good, people told him. They don’t win any games, people said.
And despite the fact that the Lightning went 1-9 in 2013 and 2014 and 2-8 in 2015 to finish with a losing record for the fourth straight year, Zeleznik knew they were building toward something special. It was only a matter of time.
Long Reach coach Jamie Willis knows those conversations all too well. He has been hearing them for a decade.
“The kids know what they say about Long Reach and all that, but the one thing we always talk to our kids about is don’t ever...