Every athlete in any facet of sports knows that the way to a successful season takes hard work, dedication and the “S” word. Sacrifice!

“If you want to win football games everybody will have to make individual sacrifices for the good of the team,” Bluejays co-head coach Ben Coy said.

This sentiment has been a continuous echo reverberating through the ears of every Perry football player.

Bluejays’ coaches and fellow players have placed an emphasis on team building, self sacrificing and laying it all on the line in order for the team to jump start their season.

“So far this preseason we have not had any issues with players being selfish,” Coy emphasized.”They [Bluejays] want to win and are willing to do what is best for the team.”

It is a formula the coaching staff hopes alleviates the loss of seven key seniors.

“We are going to be inexperienced on the o-line and d-line, losing four seniors on the o-line and three seniors on the d-line,” Coy said.

Perry fans shouldn’t take that as a doom and gloom scenario. The Bluejays have plenty of returning starters or guys with varsity experience in the skill positions, according to Coy.

In fact the squad sports 13 veteran seniors who will be looked at to guide the younger players for the next few months of rigorous practices and probably some emotional games.

Manasses Martinez, Brandon Kenyon, Alexis Garrido, Reece Dunlap, German Alveranga, Jacob Huffman, Donald Chavez, Mark Campos, Ethan McFarland Alex Tapia, Preston Madriga, Eli Medina and Michael Meyer were part of last year’s team who began the season undefeated.

Last season the Bluejays started off red hot, claiming two straight victories. A 28-21 win vs the North Polk Comets and another close victory, 21-14, against the Nevada Cubs.

Unfortunately, the following week Perry’s fire was quickly extinguished by RRC foe the Ballard Bombers, which eventually unfolded into a season ending seven game losing streak.

Whether Perry will have a repeat of last season - the first two games - and build off that momentum is nothing more than a question.

“Obviously the goal is to always make it to the playoffs, but right now we are focused just on North Polk and will take it one week at a time,” Coy said. “If we can attack each week with great focus and stay healthy I believe it can be a fun season.”

Currently the Bluejays are hard at work developing the right plays and player lineups that they hope will help garner them an opening night win on Friday, August 25 when they travel to North Polk to take on the Comets.