The improvement the Eagles’ defense has shown through its first five games has been enough for Hafley to start seeing some light.
In 2019, BC’s run defense was 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the pass defense was 14th and dead last. This season, the run defense is 10th, but the pass defense has jumped to fourth best.
“Of course, it’s gonna be a process learning a new defense,” said defensive end Marcus Valdez. “We’ve just been working and we know it’s not going to be easy. We haven’t played our best D yet, and I think when we do play our best, it’s going to be scary.
“We’re in position to make plays right now, but we’re just not making them. So we got to, we got to work on finishing and executing. Defense, we got to execute as a team. And that’s been the focus: execute, finish.”