Through the first five games of the current football season, St. Alban's has already matched their win total for the prior three seasons combined. Friday's 34-21 win over Paul VI, which was much more a Bulldog domination that the score shows, moved the team to 4-1 on the year.
Senior Dakota Foster has been there through it all: three seasons of 4-26 ball.
"We've had some troubles in the past but you know, every day is a new day so we just shake it off, move on to the next play, and you saw today, we came out fired up and ready to play," the two-way player said.
Ninth-year coach Gary Schnell has worked to build a cohesive feel and get this group clicking on all cylinders.
"It's amazing to see the difference and it's more about attitude than anything else."
Captain and scoring threat Charles Snowden has maintained focus and optimism through a strong love for the sport.
"Football is a beautiful game. To be out there with your best friends and family out there having fun, making plays...there's not another feeling like it," said the UVA commit.
His sidekick and co-captain chimed in with the positive sentiments.
"Everyone on our roster right now is just committed, buying in, just staying positive whether on the field or on the sideline...just having a lot of fun right now and can't wait to keep it going," said Foster.
The 4-1 Bulldogs will need that excitement to propel them in the weeks ahead. The toughest tests of the season await, as conference play begins next week. Snowden says with the leadership St. Alban's has on board, they can compete with the best of 'em.
"Going into conference play, it's definitely going to be tough, it's not going to be easy at all but I definitely think, with the senior class we have and our captains, that if we rally the troops, we have great weeks of practice...I think we can play with anybody."