Go ahead, get your hopes up.
New Cardinal Newman coach Brannon Tidwell hopes that is what fans will be doing as his first season with the Cardinals progresses.
For now, Tidwell is focusing on developing confidence amongst the 38 players on the Cardinals’ roster.
That was the first order of business for the Florida transplant after getting the Cardinals’ job late this spring.
“It’s just to get everybody on the same page; to get everybody to believe in what you’re doing and that they can win,” Tidwell said.
That might be a tough task at Cardinal Newman, where the Cardinals have won two games in three seasons.
But Tidwell is not addressing the record books.
“We don’t want to live in the past, that’s over and done with. We don’t even talk about it,” he said.
In fact, the Cardinals are not looking too far into the future either.
“The only thing we’re thinking about is tomorrow’s practice,” Tidwell said. “It’s just one day at a time here. One thing I can promise is, this season, we’re going to get better each Friday night.”
In three seasons at Valwood (Ga.), Tidwell’s team went from 1-9 to postseason contender, with a 19-5 record the past two seasons.
Unfamiliar with most of the teams on the Cardinals’ SCISA Class 3A schedule, Tidwell prefers to focus instead on cultivating the talent Cardinal Newman will put on the field.
Amongst the highlights for the Cardinals are tight ends Austin Ajukwa and Jacob August and a strong defensive line with August, Mac Snoddy, Dasean McMillian and Brandon Jervey. The defensive backfield also looks athletic, with Ajukwa, Evan DuBois, Stefone Brown and Garrett McNerney.
All of the Cardinals have been committed to working hard, especially in the weight room, and Tidwell said the work is paying off mentally and physically.
“We’ve got the right pieces in place, and we’re seeing some confidence,” he said.