BOISE - Last season is one the Borah Lions varsity football team would like to forget.
"You probably heard already, but last year we didn't have good character," said head coach Darren Corpus. "We had very few good character people on our team."
Lack of character was just one of several issues the team struggled with.
All-state defensive end standout Hawkins Mann abruptly left the program at the beginning of the season. His brother, Colter Mann (RB/DE), tore his ACL and was out for the season, and finished at the bottom of the 5A SIC division with a 2-7 record.
Corpus' focus this season is to not only improve as a football team, but to build better citizens.
"It's all about character, teamwork, trust," Corpus said. "If you have a team that has great character, then it's fun to work with them everyday."
So far, the team is living up to the expectations Corpus has set. "We've got some guys who really care about what they're doing out here."
Players like senior Eric Dridt (F/DT) a four-year starter, senior Austin Pimazone (RB/LB/CB), junior Hayden Brown (QB), senior Wes Loertscher (CB), senior Savion Garner (OL), senior Hunter Kaarlsen (OL) and senior Colter Mann (RB/DE), are expected to make big contributions for the Lions.
"I'm excited right now because last year left such a bad taste in our mouths as coaching staff and players, that just getting out here on the practice field is awesome," said Corpus.
Borah opens their season August 29 against Columbia at Dona Larsen Park.