PHOENIX - It wasn't too long ago when Governor Mifflin graduate Jan Johnson and Exeter product Michal Menet were putting on shows Friday night. The Berks duo are teammates now, decked in blue and white.
While the warmth of Arizona has been popular, these northeasterners have a slightly different take.
"I think the weather's a little too warm," Johnson told 69 Sports in Arizona. "I'd rather be in the cold than in the heat, but everything's been nice."
"It's a little warm for my liking, but I'm glad we're here in the wintertime instead of in the summer, so it's been cool," Menet said.
Johnson is coming off knee surgery last year, but did play in five games, and he could be a linebacker who's asked to do more next season.
Menet, an offensive lineman, appeared in 10 games.
"I think this year was really good for my development as a player," he said. "I got a lot of valuable reps in practice, and then toward the end of the season got a lot of good reps in games, and so it was really good for my development to get in there and get some of the jitters out for playing."
Both guys also showed some love to the alma maters.
"Definitely a heck of a season for those guys and Coach [Mick] Vecchio. They did a great job and almost got that championship," Johnson said of Governor Mifflin.
"It's crazy to think it's almost been a year and a half since I was back at Exeter," Menet said. "It really is. It's gone really fast."
But their eyes remain fixed on the future.
"We definitely, we know what we got to do here to make it a special season for us," Johnson said.
"We just really want to send these seniors out on a good note," Menet said. "These seniors have done a ton for the program, to get it where it is today and bring it back from where it was."