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Waterford Learns From Past to Come Away Champions

Waterford RavensThe 2013 edition of the Waterford Ravens knew what it tasted like to get to the Championship game after falling in the 2012 title tilt to Mountain Crest.  Since the majority of their team last year were underclassmen, they had a great opportunity to get revenge in 2013. They were able to use the loss in 2012 to give them the motivation to came back the next year harder then ever.
“It was disappointing to lose in the championship last year but to be honest I believed 2013 would be our year prior to last years championship game,” said Waterford Head Coach Dave Brattin. “We played to win of course but when we lost last year I felt the lose would cement a urgency and work ethic for this season.”
This sense of urgency was instilled in the boys, and they came together as a team to fix the mistakes they made last year and reach the Championship game again.
“We intensified our weightlifting and conditioning program in the pre-season and the kids worked their butts off from day one in conditioning to the final buzzer of the season,” said Brattin.
Waterford Captain Jacob Silva felt the intensity that his coaches were conveying, and helped carry that over to the rest of the team.
“When playoffs started we knew we were capable but it was going to be a tough road, we would just have to play one game at a time,” Silva said. We worked hard and I think we deserved as much as anybody. I Couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my high school career.”
Before heading into the Championship game, Waterford was 14-4 for the season. Of their 4 losses, one of their losses came from D-I powerhouse Judge, and the other three were either in overtime, or by 2 goals. One of the 2 goal losses came from the same team they would eventually meet in the Championship game; Syracuse.
“We watched the film of the previous game and also got to catch the first half of the Herriman semifinal game,” Brattin said. “We saw some things we felt we could change defensively and in the riding game to be successful. Syracuse has a very solid athletic team and are well coached but we felt if we could slow them down we could beat them.”
With Waterford being a younger team, they are already looking to return to the Championship game in 2014. Waterford only graduated 3 seniors this year, leaving behind 19 returning players. The three seniors, Jacob Silva, Nat Holtman and Thatcher Allred will be missed from the team. Silva and Allred plan on playing at BYU, and Holtman is attending Westminster on an Academic Scholarship.
The 19 returning players will come back even better than this year. With a majority of their team being 11th and 12th graders, Waterford is looking to be a serious contender in next years season. Matt West will be one of the returning players, and he plans on returning to Championship game for the third consecutive time in his high school career.
“Although one championship is great, winning back to back would be the perfect way to end my high school career. I have high hopes for next season,” West said.

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