By Kyle Dierking, NewsOn6.com
Dirty, Demanding, Dangerous. They're the 3D's of a blue collar worker. And the crux of Cascia Hall football.
"We talk about the grind," said senior Byron Dale. "It's just guys putting the team first and trying to get wins."
Devoid of stars and stat-hungry players, the undefeated Commandoes want to keep winning.
"We really work for the guy that lines up next to us because they know we want the gold ball as much as they do," said senior Tim Spoerl. "We just do it for them because we don't want to let any of our teammates down."
"Really what's carrying us through here is that unsung hero - that blue collar guy," said Commandoes coach Joe Medina. "That's okay by us as long as we keep getting wins."
Surrounded by chique shops and trendy restaurants, Cascia Hall hardly resides in the warehouse district. But it's the lunch pail approach that has them holding the top spot in 3A.
"We have something to prove," Dale said. "We go to these smaller towns and we get, ‘cake eater' and ‘daddy buys you everything' and we know we definitely have something to prove because we know we can play just as tough as anyone else."
"It's a blue collar game - football is," Medina said. "It doesn't matter where you go to school and what socio-economic class you are, it's still 11 guys against 11 guys. It's a physical game and that's always the approach we've always taken in my 10 years at Cascia."