Bristol Eastern football focusing on finishing down stretch as they prepare for season opener

Published on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 14:59
Written by Serenity Bishop


As the Bristol Eastern Lancers get set to take the field once again this upcoming season, a key to their success will hang on their ability to finish late in the fourth quarter. 

The Lancers finished 4-6 last season and while at face value their record may seem underwhelming, many of their games went down to the final whistle.

Bristol Eastern coach Anthony Julius said one thing about last year’s team is that they were never out of it. He said there were some games that they trailed and had to claw their way back into and there were also some games where they were up and let the win slip away.

In fact, three of Eastern’s losses were decided by a combined total of eight points. Julius said the motivation for the players this season is to close when the win is near. 

“When success is right there, reach out and take it and don’t let those games get away from us at the end of games,” Julius said. “I think that’s the motivation for our guys coming back.”

Julius said the team had great examples of leadership last season and now the returning players are taking the steps to make sure the team can finish games this season and come out on the right side of things. 

The team will also have to build upon the aspects of the game that they did well last year, however, that will include replacing the production of a near 2,000-yard rusher and the offensive lineman that blocked for him.

“Those are big shoes to fill, but our kids that are returning have done a nice job working to fill that void,” he said. “We have a good core of kids coming back in which some of them played a lot of meaningful snaps for us. We’re encouraged about where we are right now, but we tell the kids all the time we are not a finished product yet.”

Eastern’s Austin Shorette said he believes the team will do really well, suggesting that the team has made major improvements in terms of work ethic and team camaraderie. He said “it seems like everyone wants to be here.”

He said with taking their experiences from last year and applying them to this season, the team can be much better as long as they approach every game with a winning attitude. 

“People just see that we were 4-6, but what we see is how close we were in those other three games to being 7-3,” he said. “I think we just have to have a winning attitude every game and use these early scrimmages to make the tweaks that we didn't last year so instead of having to finish games we don't get to the point where they are even close.”

The Lancers start their season Friday at home verse RHAM

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 14:59. Updated: Tuesday, 6 September 2022 15:01.