By Braden Schroeder
Only one week into football practice, football coach Brian Glesing is already anticipating a good season.
“We have a great attitude, great character, we’re giving it great effort which has shown all off season as well, and those are the keys to success,” said Glesing.
This year’s team also has grown in size, particularly the offensive line, which will help lead to the success they are looking for.
“Any time you have an offensive line or returning players it will always make things easier,” said Glesing.
After losing quarterback Colton Kimm, who graduated last year, the team is forced to make a decision about who will fill the empty position. Potential candidates for the spot are senior Kyle Peters, junior Trevor Clark, and sophomore Matt Weimer.
“ I feel a lot better than when we first started. I got a lot more comfortable with the ball in my hands and I came a long way since we first began,” said Peters, who practiced as quarterback last week.
Although he has been playing with the cast on due to a torn ligament and a chipped bone acquired while diving for a baseball, Clark will not have it removed until Friday, August 28, when the Highlanders face Providence at home.
“It looks like Kyle is going to be the starter, and it has made it a lot harder for me to go under center. So, it is that part that has made it a little more difficult,” said Clark.
Clark said that despite his injury, he has not missed any practices and has been able to go from the beginning.
The Highlanders will also face new competition after being placed into a new sectional consisting of Castle, Bedford North Lawrence, Evansville North, and Floyd Central.
“It is kind of the old sectional that we had a few years ago, and I think it will be a competitive sectional that anybody can win,” said Glesing.
With a scrimmage coming up this Friday, August 14, the team is still preparing and ready to add on to all of the success they have made so far.
“We’re getting bigger, so that’s a good thing. At FC for some reason we always have little teams, but we’ve been hitting the weight room and getting bigger,” said Clark. “Our lifts have gone up. I think we are going to be pretty good this year.”
The Highlanders start the season on August 21 at Male, then return home on August 28 to play Providence.