First Look Frenzy: Rockford Lutheran Crusaders

Lutheran will have a new head coach leading the charge when the season kicks off August 31 and it's a familiar name to the Stateline football community.

Tony Ambrogio takes over at Lutheran after spending the last two seasons as head coach at Jefferson. He joined a Saders squad that went 2-7 a year ago and has just three wins over the past two years.

However, Ambrogio and seniors like Tiger Brown, are ready to turn the page on the past and get Lutheran back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Brown said the coaching change was a breath of fresh air.

"Just the way he carries himself," said Brown. "He's very laid back until he needs to be upbeat and it's kind of what we need right now."

"It's been great," said Ambrogio. "The transition has been pretty seamless for us and the coaching staff and the kids I think are excited to get going and now it's real work time to go."