Cusack prepares to lead Eagles football

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:26 am on Thursday, August 09, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Garner Cusack, right, prepares to do a running drill during practice Tuesday.

CARSON CITY — Garner Cusack played a lot of baseball this summer. But now he’s ready for some football.

Cusack had been playing baseball for an under-16 team that went to Michigan State University for the Capitol City Tournament. But now he is focused on the gridiron.

The Eagle junior is the quarterback for the 2012 season, although he had a hard time getting ready for the summer.

“I missed a lot of 7-on-7s,” he said. “I went to one and it was rainy.”

Yet Cusack was leading the varsity in practice Tuesday, preparing CC-Crystal to face Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary Aug. 24.

Cusack said things were a lot better at Monday’s first practice.

“I was throwing the ball better, my footwork was good,” he said. “I really think this team is going to be really good.”

One of the improvements he’s seen in the Eagles is that they are a lot faster than they’ve been in a long time.

“This team has a lot of speed,” he said. “This is the fastest I’ve seen this team.”

Cusack didn’t have any personal goals for the season.

“I just want to throw the ball better and get my footwork better,” he said. “I want to lead the team to the state finals this year.”

Cusack said there will be one thing that will determine whether CC-Crystal will attain that goal.

“Hard work,” he said. “That’s the only thing that will do it.”

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