With the start of the 2013 season just days away, the blue and white Central Spartans believe they have reached a critical point in the school’s football program.
Head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Hobbs has 29 seniors on his team, and believes having so many players familiar with his system will play nicely to the Spartans advantage.
“They are (the seniors) setting the tempo, they are setting the practice speed for all the underclassmen,” says Hobbs. “These are guys that have been playing for me for the past two years and started for me as sophomores on varsity, so this is our zenith right here."
The Spartans key this season will be to improve their play against league opponents, with their only win last year coming at the hands of lowly Palo Verde.
In order to do that, the team will have to run the ball effectively, led by senior starting safety and fullback Austin Petter.
Defensively, coach Hobbs believes the most important word for his players to live by is effort.
“Effort is always important, especially defensively. When you’re swarming to the ball, you can make a great play by just running as fast as you can to get to the ball,” says Hobbs.
Central travel to Yuma to take on the Kofa Kings in their season opener, and defensive anchor Johnny Devalle believes his team is ready.
“We're a team to look out for, don't take us for granted."