A young Centre football team has a tough row to hoe this year after the loss of several key seniors to graduation.
?We?re going to be kind of young this year,? said coach Kelly Steiner. ?We graduated a good class and they will have to be replaced.?
Fortunately, the Cougars have some newcomers who might give them the boost they need.
?Houston Svoboda and Justin Deines have been working hard and will need to step it up this year,? Steiner said.
As returners go, ?Trevor Hageberg has worked really hard this summer and has dropped some weight but added strength,? he added. ?The Methvin brothers, Kyle and Shane, also are working hard and are starting to come around.?
The Cougars went 9-1 during their regular season last year. Despite their lack of experience, Steiner said they want to make the playoffs, although their goal is ?to get better every day and be competitors.?
Standing in the way of the Cougar?s Wheat State League hopes will be Little River, Hope and Waverly, whom Steiner said have very good football teams this year.
?I do like how hard our kids have been working,? he said. ?we?re just going to have to get their feet wet and get them some experience.?
The Cougars are scheduled to kick off their season with a road game against Peabody-Burns Sept. 2.