BRONX, NY (WCBS 880) – Even as he ponders service in Afghanistan, Clayton Kendrick-Holmes says he’s still thinking about the team.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

“You know, if this had happened three years ago, I’d have been a lot more concerned, just because it takes a while to build up a program from scratch,” Kendrick-Holmes told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

The Naval Reservist started football at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx five years ago.

It had been dropped back in the 90s. Now, it’s Division 3.

Kendrick-Holmes sees his departure for Afghanistan as a way of putting words into action.  “I mean, we talk a lot to our players about commitment, and, you know, when they chose to do something and be a part of a team, that you don’t back out… you’re accountable for your actions.”

The Privateers are off to a 4-0 start.

One player tells The New York Times that they want to do their best for the coach and that is their motivation.

Their coach heads off to war in November.

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