Posted On: 06/25/17 1:30 PM

The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles' football program struggled on the field in 2016. They won their first game of the season, but then dropped the next eight games. Despite their poor record two-way player Jonh Sithamat felt there were plenty of lessons learned that will help the Eagles rebound in 2017.

"The season didn't go like we planned it," Sithamat said, "but it was a wake-up call for us and has made us hungry for this year."

Scoring points usually was not a problem for the Eagles, but they gave up a lot of points on the defensive side of the ball.

"We threw and ran the ball well," the junior wide receiver said. "When we were swarming to the ball and played as a team on defense we were playing well."

Sithamat was starting for the first time as a junior. He rarely came off the field.

"I played wide receiver, corner and all the kicking teams except the field goal team."

The amount of varsity playing time was a change for Sithamat, but it was something he was ready for. He was asked to

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