BETHLEHEM -

The Freedom football team is eager to begin the season. They're coming off an up-and-down year following a very good playoff season the year before.

The Patriots say the 2012 season left a bad taste in their mouths. That has led to a high-energy, intense preseason camp so far as the team looks to atone.

Freedom will open against East Stroudsburg South, a game they need to win to get off to a good start.