The Peabody-Burns football team will be talented but somewhat inexperienced this year, according to 13th-year coach David Pickens.
“We’ve got a lot of new guys who are playing new positions this year again, but we have a lot of talent,” he said. “A lot of it’s young, so there’s going to be a lot of young guys who are going to have to step up for us to be successful.”
The Warriors ended the 2016 season with a 5-5 record after a first-round playoff loss to St. Paul in Class 8-Man, Division I, and Peabody-Burns will rely on six returning letter-winners to lead the team in 2017.
Three seniors return to anchor the 27-man roster: Bryant Young at quarterback and defensive back, Bailey Penner at running back and defensive end, and Matthew Montigny at wide receiver and linebacker.
Additional letter-winners returning are junior Tyler Entz (offensive line and defensive line), and sophomores Rocco Werts (running back, tight end and linebacker) and Jess Philpott (running back and defensive back).
A strength of the team this year is speed, Pickens said.
“We’ve got to have a lot of things fall into place for us to be very good,” he said. “But hopefully we have enough talent and we have enough guys who really worked hard all summer that hopefully we’re going to be competitive in every game.”
The Warriors will kick off the season Friday when they hosting Rural Vista.