Sunday, November 23, 2014

Depth issues face CH football team

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 8/22/2014

The Central Heights High School football team is used to winning.

The Vikings have qualified for the playoffs six straight years and many times in their history.

The Central Heights High School football team is used to winning.

The Vikings have qualified for the playoffs six straight years and many times in their history.

Central Heights has gone through many changes through the years. This season is no different with just four returning starters, but do have 10 seniors with lots of experience.

“The numbers are down a little bit,” Central Heights coach Kent Schulte said. “Depth will be kind of an issue. We have good seniors. That will help pull us through. Majority of them have played either one way or both ways.”

The winning tradition helps with the work ethic.

“We have had a streak making the playoffs,” Schulte said. “The seniors want to keep that going. That is pushing us. Our seniors are good leaders.”

Schulte expects the starters to be strong, but need the young players to develop rather quickly.

“It will be important for us this year to have some of the younger kids — that are backing up positions — to improve and get better and make us stronger down the stretch,” Schulte said. “You always want to play your best in districts. Hopefully that is the case this year.”

Central Heights will have experience in the line, but will need to fill skill positions with new players.

“We will be all right in the line,” Schulte said. “I am concerned about the skill positions, especially running back. Our leading rusher last year decided to focus on baseball. That is a big hole we are trying to figure out.

“They have worked through the heat well. Each day we are getting a little closer. We will sort a few people out in the scrimmage.”

The returning starters are Chance Schooler, Jacob Anderson, Eli Davis and Gavin Holler. Schooler and Anderson are three-year starters and four-year lettermen.

Anderson will anchor the lines on both sides of the ball. Anderson will play linebacker this year after playing everywhere a year ago.

“Schooler and Anderson I will put them up against anybody,” Schulte said. “Eli Davis made a big step in the middle of the year. He is a whole different kid starting out this year.”

Holler, who was a receiver last year, may fill the tailback spot.

“Those are the four we are counting on the most,” Schulte said.

Merrick Brown and Cameron Hampton are battling it out at quarterback. Hampton also will play receiver.

“I would not be shocked if both play a little bit in the first game,” Schulte said. “It has been a good competition.

“We will look to be a ball-control team ... chew up some clock. We have to take care of the football.”

The Central Heights Vikings open the season Sept. 5 at Anderson County in Garnett.

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