Cardinal Gibbons aims for history and revenge in 4A regional final

Before each practice starts, the Cardinal Gibbons football team chants one word: revenge.

That‘s primarily because Scotland knocked them out of the 4A quarterfinals in 2018.

“They came here and beat us on our own turf and we did not like that,” said Cardinal Gibbons defensive tackle Myles Harp.  “So, this is our revenge tour. We‘ve been kicked out in the second round two years in a row and now we‘re in the fourth round trying to make it to states.”

“This is certainly something that is fresh in everyone‘s memory,” said Steven Wright, the Crusaders head coach. “At the end of the day, I think it just presents another opportunity for us.”

Steve Wright has been the head coach of the Crusaders for nine years and they‘ve made it to the quarterfinals three times.

But this is the first time in school history Cardinal Gibbons will play for a regional title.

So how did they get over the quarterfinal hump?

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“We believe in one another,” said Andrew Harvey, the team‘s quarterback. “We think anybody we put on the field is going to get the job done.”

Wright said, “A group of kids that have completely bought in to what we‘re trying to do. Both culturally and schematically and things have just clicked this year.”

Scotland is a team that pounds the ground on offense and that will certainly be the case on Friday night.

“We‘re going to rally to the ball,” Harp said, “Try to punch it loose and get turnovers.”

Some say the best revenge is success and Cardinal Gibbons will try and achieve that against the fighting scots.

Still, the Crusaders hope to continue to make history and earn a spot in the 4-A state championship.

“We know we have a chance to do something that this school has never done,” Harvey said. “It would mean the world to play for a state championship.”

“I just want to get there and win as a family and you know, for my brothers,” Harp said.

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