Boot Camp: Normal Community Ready to Defend Conference Crown

Published 08/17 2014 10:50PM

Updated 08/19 2014 11:30AM

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - Normal Community achieved its yearly goal of winning the Big Twelve last fall, but coach Wes Temples said his team has a tougher task this season, with the rest of the conference anxious to knock them off the top.

Eight starters return on offense but only four will be back on defense, and senior linebacker Mason Wright said there will be struggles, but what will define the team is its ability to adjust and respond. "We're a fiery group, we just need to keep composure when going gets tough, because it's going to get tough for us," Wright said.

The Ironmen begin their season Aug. 29 at home against Belleville East.

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