Sioux City East's Bob Goodvin is the dean of metro football coaches, entering his eighth season as head coach of the Black Raiders. In each of his first seven years, East has made the playoffs, an accomplishment never done before at the school.
To make it a perfect eight for eight though, the Black Raiders will have to have some new faces step up.
East has to replace 2015 all-stater Dom Flemister and only has three starters back on offense and four on defense.
Carter Prescott will lead the team under center and, according to Goodvin, the senior has one of the strongest arms he's seen.
Running backs Skylar Skoglund and Taylon Flemister combined for 1,200 total yards and 14 touchdowns last year and they'll be counted on heavily this season.
East may be inexperienced, but they aren't making excuses about it.
"All good programs graduate good players and last year we were fortunate enough to have a lot of seniors who got a lot of playing time for us," said Goodvin. "his year we just lack experience is all. That's what all good programs have. We just got to gain some experience and gain it fast."
"I feel a little extra pressure because, you know putting the team in my hands, getting in some other people's foot steps, like Dom he had a great season last year," said Taylon Flemister. "It's tough."
"It's exciting, but it all starts on the practice field," said senior Michael Stibbs. "We had a good summer in the weight room and workouts and team building. So I think if we can get it done on the practice field, I think we're going to be fine on game day."
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