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Beyond the Gridiron: Senior-Dominated Rails Kick Off Season at Newly Renovated Stadium

August 28, 2017 08:52 PM

You won't find many new faces on this year's Proctor football squad.

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"We'll be starting 11 seniors on offense and probably 8 on defense. I believe we have 23 seniors on the roster this year so we're fairly experienced," said Proctor Head Football Coach Derek Parendo.

Instead, they stand senior-dominated with experience and leadership on their side.

"I'm really liking our leadership ability," said senior wide receiver Blake Koski. "I think all 23 of us bring something to the table and we can definitely help mentor the younger kids," he added.

Plus playing together over the years won't hurt their chemistry as a team.

"We've been together pretty much our whole lives playing football, playing other sports, and having fun with each other," senior offensive linemand Bryce Huffman said. "Now to come back your senior year with all those people, it's going to be a lot of fun."

The biggest difference from last season will be transitioning from relying on one dynamic player to a multifaceted team where just about every position has a solid man.

"For our offense, definitely our run game. We've been solid there, but I think our passing game is going to be pretty strong too. We have a lot of older receivers and a pretty good senior quarterback coming back," said Koski.

One thing the team has looked forward to the entire off-season is the fact that they get to open up their new season at the newly renovated turf stadium here at Egerdahl Field.

"Obviously it's going to be fun playing on turf. You know, getting the passing game going a little bit better than the grass, so it should be a fun experience," said Koski.

"Just being the first one's to play on that field and be the first ones to win on that field- it's going to be a pretty cool experience," said Huffman.


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