Hubbard hopes to rebound from 5-5

HUBBARD — For the Hubbard Eagles and senior linebacker Lukas Mosora, the 2017 season was a strange one to say the least. At 5-5 without a playoff berth, the Eagles had to find a way to re-create themselves in the offseason.

Mosora will be back at linebacker for his third year now. He feels a responsibility to make this season better, even after an incredible 2017 campaign.

“It’s important for me because I started my sophomore year,” Mosora said on making an impact on the team every day. “I had guys like Dave Hernandez that taught me how to be a leader. Starting as a sophomore, I take a lot of pride in being a leader. I still have to keep it going as a leader.”

Mosora finished last year with 162 tackles, five sacks, an interception and 20 tackles for loss. The linebacker was one of the Trumbull County defensive players of the year because of those statistics.

“Everyone knows that we had a rough season. In my personal goals, that was something that I wanted to do. I’m glad that I got to achieve that,” Mosora said. “It’s nice to have, but making the playoffs and winning a game would be better.”

Now, Hubbard has high expectations after a tough season. For Mosora, the team is using that 5-5 year as motivation.

“After last season, right after we won our last game against (Youngstown) East, we came to the field. We were like ‘hey, everybody here. We have to be lifting all offseason because we don’t want to do what we did this year.’

“That’s exactly what we did,” Mosora said about the Eagles’ work in the weight room. “Everyone has gotten a lot stronger and they have a nasty taste in their mouth and are ready to go.”

Hubbard it brings back a ton of talent from last year’s team which brings about the high expectations for this season. The Eagles are looked at as the favorite in the All-American Conference White Tier.

“There is a good core of guys. It takes more than one guy, it takes 11 guys all being on the same page and cooperating,” Mosora said. “Having the guys back we need is definitely going to help. I think we are in a good spot.

“We know what’s going on around us. At the end of the day, we can lose any game if we beat ourselves. We can’t make mistakes.”