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In today's Friday Night Football we tackle three more of our area 6 man schools. Chillicothe, Harrold, and Northside. These schools all part of 6 man division 8 district 10...
Head coach Clint Miller has made his way back to Chillicothe after growing up down the road in Guthrie. And he says now that he's home, he's ready to get to work. Miller spent his high school career in Gustine playing against Northside and Harrold. Now as a coach he'll get the chance to see his old opponents again, "i'm coming home. I grew up in Guthrie. So i'm an hour and twenty minutes from my mom and dad so for me it's not a change i'm just coming home." And coach miller is coming home to one of the strongest running backs in the district in Denzel Graves, who ran for 672 yards and 9 touchdowns. Most of that in just 3 district starts, "obviously Denzel will be big. Of course we return Creed Harris who started at qb last year. He played some varsity as a freshman as well."
Harris threw for over 1200 yards with 17 TD's last year. He'll lead a strong group of eagles looking to make it past last year's bi district final mark. Miller says the playoffs are the goal, "i feel like we'll be contending for a playoff spot. Based on athletic ability that I've seen. I'd like to definitely get that spot and get in."
Picked to finish second in the district is Harrold. Head coach Craig Templeton saying though that his team recognizes this could be a year that preseason rankings might get thrown out the window, "i think the district could be a toss up. I really believe that rule is going to be much improved. They could slip up on someone if you're not prepared for them. And between Northside Chillicothe and Harrold i think any one of us could make it out." And after finishing 1-and-2 in district, Templeton says his team knows the importance of taking care of the little things, "they realize that last year they were really close to pulling this off we just had some unfortunate errors at times that really seperated us in some games but they know they had a chance last year and they're taking it into this year as a motivational tool."
Some players that will need to step up for the hornets., Matt templeton, an all region selection last year, running back Jake Welch, and Harrison Thweatt. An all district utility player last year.
Picked to win the district is Northside. The Indians coming off a 7-and-3 season. And just like coach Templeton, Northside head coach Blake Kinney says this is a year where pre-season rankings don't mean much, "i think the district as a whole is pretty even. Chillicothe as a whole is pretty loaded. Harrold and Northside is always a big game for both teams. I know rule has a lot of younger kids coming up and they're going to be a lot better and have another year under their belt under coach Jackson."
But helping the Indians cause will be two of their best returning skill players, running back Jody Brandt...Who accounted for 48 TD's last year, And junior quarterback Justin Faulkner. Who threw 15 passes for touchdowns last year. Kinney says this year it's going to be about who can step up, "i think it's going to come down to who steps up for us in the other positions. Receiver and two back, and who steps up on the defensive side because we lost a lot of guys last year. We have two good core guys back that proved themselves last year and we have another guy on defense that did a lot of good things for us and we have a senior coming off of injury that could come back and help us a lot."
And if they can make the playoffs. It will be the first time since 2007 that the Indians will have played in the post season two season's in a row.