Tye Remy, head football coach at Centre, hopes to improve his team’s record last year of 3-6 overall, 1-3 in the league, and 2-3 in district play.
After having to replace 11 graduating seniors in his first year of coaching, Remy is thankful to have seven returning starters on his roster of 18 players this year.
“It is nice to work with seven returning guys who were able to play meaningful varsity minutes last season,” Remy said.
Senior Barrett Smith is a fullback and linebacker, and senior Bryce Naerebout is a wide receiver and cornerback.
Junior Dylan Deines plays wide receiver and quarterback; junior Brendon Bina is a right guard and defensive end; and junior Cole Methvin is a wide receiver, quarterback, and cornerback.
Sophomore Max Svoboda plays halfback, linebacker, and defensive end. Sophomore Jacob Bittle is a linebacker on both sides of the ball.
Possible new starters include senior Nathaniel Engler, junior Daniel Rudolph, sophomore Cody Svoboda, and freshman Kyle Naerebout.
Remy said many members participated in summer workouts. He said things are coming together more smoothly this time around. He doesn’t yet know who will be the starting quarterback, but he is filled with excitement and anticipating a good year.
“It is a nice feeling having a greater number of guys who seem to have a grasp on what varsity football is like,” he said. “Making playoffs is always a goal. There is a burning desire within myself and within our guys to get better every single day. That is our focus right now and will be throughout the season.”
The Cougars will play their first game Sept. 4 at Solomon, followed by a home game against Little River Sept. 11.