The Cathedral Prep football team have started their season off strong with a record of 3-0. This team is steamrolling through their competition, only allowing 12 points in the first three games. Two of the team’s wins have come against Erie High, winning 49-6 and 49-0. Most recently, they defeated Warren 55-6.
This team has put in a lot of hours of hard work in the offseason to prepare them mentally and physically for this season. Each side of the ball has been phenomenal, showing they are strong all around. Some notable players include Mike Parks III, Kelyn Blossey, Caden Pustelk, Jacob Pollack, DeMario Crawford, Ben Presinski, Amarion Tarver, Tyson Simon, and Carter Barnes. The future of this team looks very exciting as well with how many young stars they have.
Senior center and team captain Caden Pustelk is optimistic about this year’s team.
“This year is looking much better than last year’s season,” Caden said. “With a combination of a better team, amazing talent, great coaches, and astounding work ethic, we have a great shot at states this year for sure.”
Senior guard Colin Bish added on to Caden’s point. “The chemistry of the team is much better than last year’s team,” Colin said. “This alone is going to play a key role in how we mesh as a team.”
Even though last year they came up short when trying to add another state championship to their resume, the Ramblers, are ready to come back this year with a new mentality, and an almost entirely new team, to try and finish the job in Hershey.
Captain and senior linebacker Kelyn Blossey spoke about the importance of having a more productive and normal off-season, which helped this team grow closer.
“Accountability and less selfishness are big factors that this year’s team has improved upon compared to last season’s team,” Kelyn said, “Each player pushes each other like iron sharpens iron. A state championship is 100 percent in this team’s future this season. The little things are what’s going to help us with this goal.”
Kelyn also talked about who looks good to begin this year.
“Tyson Simon has surprised me stepping up as a leader for this team,” Kelyn said. “Another person that’s been a happy surprise is Carter Barnes who has stepped up as a team captain and QB1 this year.”
While the team is in a good shape, Kelyn noted some key players lost from last year’s team.
“Some big losses for this team, though, include John Campbell, Jaheim Williams, and Jaheim Bassham,” he said. “I wish them the best as they play at the college level.”
This team may have lost some key players, but so many others have stepped up and have shown that through hard work and accountability, they can prove that they are the best team in the state.
Students even see how bright the future of this team is going to be and have supported the team well in the early part of the season.
“I’ve been impressed with the student section this year and hope the attendance will continue the rest of the year,” Kelyn said. “Everyone coming out really helps us out with getting us in that game day mentality. Roll Ramblers. Chef KB out.”