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CULVER â€” After an unprecedented 5-0 start to the season, Culver Community hit the skids in Week 6.
Beset by injuries and other personnel problems, the Cavaliers went on a three-game losing streak and fell out of the Class A rankings in the process.
But Culverâ€™s roster returned to full strength, the Cavs righted the ship in Week 9 with their first regular-season win over Northern State Conference foe LaVille in three years, and opened Sectional 33 play with a 49-7 rout over Lake Central on the road last week.
And theyâ€™ve learned some lessons along the way.
â€śEven though weâ€™ve had to deal with adversity all year, I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s ever been a point that we ever felt that we arenâ€™t a good football team. We have a good team; itâ€™s just a matter of playing hard and believing in ourselves,â€ť said Culver head football coach Andy Thomas. â€śI think one thing weâ€™ve gained in the last couple weeks, weâ€™ve been able to get back on track a little bit and gain some confidence. I think we feel like if we can play well, we feel like we can win against any team on our schedule. We found out along the way that we canâ€™t just show up and expect to win. Weâ€™ve got to bring a complete effort for four full quarters to be successful.â€ť