ROCKFORD – On the first day of official high school football practice, optimism is high at Guilford. The Vikings did not win a game last year in Denny Diduch’s first season as head coach. He replaced Bruce Bazsali after Bazsali stepped down early in the preseason practice schedule.
Now Diduch has had a full season and offseason to implement his system at Guilford. The former state champion coach at Forreston is ready to see what the players can do with it this year.
“The biggest thing we need to focus on is attention to detail,” Diduch said. “Trying to get better each day and the importance of daily effort and daily growth.”
Diduch says his team isn’t the biggest one out there, but they have the heart to compete every play. Diduch has created a system to help the players continue to learn and build on concepts as they get closer to the season.
“We go from one thing to the next and everything is working with another thing we’ve done,” senior running back and defensive back Kevin Woods said. “Everything builds on one thing. From our workouts in the weight room to what we do out here, everything is the same.”
The Vikings hope nothing is the same in terms of results going from 2018 to 2019. Guilford opens its season Aug.30, with a crosstown rivalry game at Auburn.