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Putnam looks towards the future with new head coach

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It was a tough year for Putnam last season.  After ending on a 2-8 record, the Beavers are hoping to redeem themselves.

With three new coaches in the past three years, the team has faced a lot of adversity.

"We've had to overcome a lot, become a family and learn to not give up on each other," senior captain Kamar Foster told Western Mass News.

Foster himself knows the struggle of going through such an inconsistent coaching pattern. 

"We've changed in a positive way. Everybody’s attitude is changing, (on the team) they didn't like the offense back then but now they are really focused dedicated, just moving on,” Foster added.

Last season, former coach Bill Scott introduced a new offensive system to the team - one that now varsity coach Deric Suttles said the team struggled with early on.

"Last year was a learning experience, but it was a whole different system they just weren’t catching on to.  Toward later (in the season), they picked it up, but going back to what they know best I think kind of gives us an edge for this season,” Coach Suttles said.

That is why he's going back to the basics, turning to the tried and true playbooks of years past.

"With them knowing the system, I went back to our regular system since they were freshmen, it lets them adapt easier and me to coach starting with fundamentals and basics of football," Suttles explained.

With the Beavers going into week three with a 1-1 record, they hope these offensive changes will be their ticket to playoffs.

"I'm trying to capitalize on getting better, fix the mistakes we made in the first two games and each week, we start all better,” Suttles added.

While on the field performance is key for big wins, Coach Suttles said that in the classroom they will also be monitoring the players.

"We got ten coaches with at least ten kids making sure the teachers know the kids are there and we had a teacher appreciation day, so they know that we, as coaches, are helping them, so they have help in the classroom, even though we aren't in there.” Coach Suttles added.  

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