Quillen: 'It won’t be the same Rio Grande'

Created: 08/12/2014 8:20 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

It's a new year, new look, and a new attitude at Rio Grande High School and their football team has a new head coach.  Patrick Quillen takes over the program.

"It will not be the same Rio Grande," said Quillen.  "They will be an organized group of kids playing very hard on Friday nights.  It will no longer be a game on the schedule that you can overlook."

Quillen was in charge of the Foothill program where his players serving time as clients of Juvenile Justice Services, now he has a roster full of APS kids.

"It's kind of funny here after practice I'm used to lining them up and getting them back to their units.  And now the kids just, well, they're free… for lack of a better term.  They're free to do what they want.  So from that aspect it's different for me."

Last season the Ravens only picked up one win all season.  They haven't had a winning season since 2006, but Quillen is raising expectations.

"I think that realistically we should be a 500 team or above team. If this works, which I believe it will, we're all going to be pretty proud of it because we're putting our stamp on it."

Quillen will be put to the test in week one when the Ravens take on Eldorado.

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