Last season was a banner one for the Sergeant Bluff-Luton football team. The Warriors beat rival Heelan for the first time, and also made it to the Dome and the state semifinals capping off the best season in program history.
Now's the chance for SB-L to prove they're a top program instead of just a one-year wonder.
The Warriors lose big names in the backfield like quarterback Jacob Shultz and Matt George who rushed for nearly 2,400 yards and 9.4 yards per carry. But the cupboard isn't empty for Coach Justin Smith.
Chris Kroll, who spent last year at receiver after just missing out on the quarterback job, will slide in under center. He, and a stable of young, fast running backs will have a solid line to work behind, anchored by Jackson Wright. The hope? Another deep playoff run.
"A lot of people are expecting a big dropoff, but I see a bunch of guys who are willing to work hard and prove that it is not a big drop off," said Kroll. "Guys are going to work hard, so I think it's going to be a good year."
"We got a lot of kids who can play ball. Just, we've got a lot of young kids that can play," said Smith. "It's just a matter of learning the intricacies of what we do and having attention to detail with what we do. First few days of practice, we've got a lot of good athletes kind of running around like their heads are cut off a little bit, but it's going to get there. It's going to be daily progress but we're going to be a lot better football team at the end of the year than we are at the beginning."
"Our goal is to make it back to the Dome and hopefully win a state championship this year," said Wright. "That's going to come from a lot of hard work and effort from everyone on the team. So hopefully if we get all that we'll be able to make it where we want to go."
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