LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — When asked about the magnitude of the upcoming 2011 season, St. Francis High senior Ryan McAleenan doesn't hesitate with an answer.
"This is the year we're gonna remember," said McAleenan, a three-year starter at linebacker for the Golden Knights. "This is the year we're gonna live with for the rest of our lives."
It's clearly not a novel concept in the realm of high school football for there to be that innate, added incentive during a player's senior campaign. But for these Golden Knights, it's a common thread that runs through for 20 senior starters led by five three-year lettermen.
They appear to be a group rife with chemistry and desire to rebound from a disappointing 2010 campaign and recount a memorable 2009 run.
"I feel like we have a different attitude," said right tackle Kristion Grbavac, who joins McAleenan, receiver Travis Talianko, offensive lineman Joe Marrone and linebacker Luke Anderson for their third and final seasons starting at St. Francis. "People just want to win. That's on everyone's mind, people are buying into it.