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Phillips gives Hudson a positive boost
HUDSON - If anyone is going to right Hudson's ship, it's Steven Phillips. "He's one of those type of go-getters you want on your team," Cobras first-year football coach Mark Kantor said. "He puts everything on the line for the team, the players and the school. If we have things that need to be fixed on this team, Steven will be the one to fix them." The main fix Hudson needs is snapping its 20-game losing streak. Being outscored, 433-61, is never easy to swallow. Kantor has brought in new life into this program, but also turns to Phillips for help. It's shown, as the Cobras will have more than 40 varsity players. "I talked to a lot of freshmen, and they were a little scared at first," sai Phillips, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound linebacker, "but they've gotten used to playing and love it. I always tell them, 'Don't knock (playing out here) until you try it.' … Coach Kantor's positive attitude has been the difference. He wants us here, he wants to be here."Helping Phillips this season will be focusing solely on playing linebacker, instead of playing both ways at guard on the offensive line, as he did in 2011. "It was really tough to do last year," Phillips said. "It's a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders, but you have to be there for your team the whole game. Now, just the defense is on my shoulders." Kantor points out that Phillips has had a rough career because he's part of a group of seniors that have seen a new school open -- Fivay -- and deplete the school population and athletics. "They've been beaten and tortured, but shown resilience in the face of, well, everything," Kantor said. "He exemplifies the type of guys we need. He's never going to steer you the wrong way." Certainly, Phillips won't steer Hudson's ship wrong with a new captain at the helm. "(Kantor) has made it better to be a part of this team," Phillips said. "We have so many guys now and it's because of him. This is the best it has been out here in a few years."