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Freedom counting on youth movement

Key to Patriots’ success rests on growth of big sophomore class

By PAUL SCHENKEL

Sports Editor, THE PAPER

Posted 8/19/23

Freedom is accustomed to winning football games, with 11 conference championships and 11 10-win seasons all-time. The Patriots have finished .500 or better and reached the state playoffs in each full season (not counting the COVID-condensed spring 2021 season) since 2010. But the Patriots haven’t won big in nearly a decade.

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