At Servite High School, football is built first and foremost around belief.
The school’s official motto is “Credo,” Latin for “I believe.” The words are written on signs and banners throughout the Anaheim, California school, and players are taught that success on the field comes only when they believe in each other, believe in the program and believe in themselves.
Adding discipline to that belief is a recipe for excellence.
Head coach A.J. Gass says, “There is a direct correlation between belief, discipline and success.”
If you want proof of Servite’s dedication to discipline, look no further than its amazing Hut Drill.
On paper, the drill is simple. Former head coach Larry Toner says, “Every time I call a Hut, there’s a movement you have to give me.”
But it’s the military precision and focus that Servite players display during the Hut Drill that makes it so impressive and intimidating. The synchronization is stunning, and every player’s movements match perfectly. The team’s simple black-and-white uniforms only add to the feeling that Servite football is not a loose collection of players; it is a team.
Gass recalls first seeing the Hut Drill as a kid, saying “I just noticed how structured and intense and uniform the team was. How much they gelled as one unit, they moved in unison. When you are that focused, that drawn in, that intense, it means you’re ready to play football.”
Perhaps the coolest part of the Hut Drill is that it’s performed both before and after every game, proving that Servite remains a team no matter what the outcome.
Servite’s belief and discipline have driven their success. The football team comes into the 2014 season ranked the 10th in the country by MaxPreps.
Servite starts the year Aug. 29 against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, USA Today‘s pre-season No. 1 pick.
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