Football sets high expectations for 2019 season

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From the weight room to the field, the Manhattan High Indians have been training for another stellar season. 

Almost every day this offseason, the team has been working in an effort to improve while also adjusting their expectations to be better.

“Us players, coaches and even fans have high expectations,” senior Ben Bolte said. “Manhattan High football is a very unique unit. We are expecting a very good turnout for the season.”

Coming off a record season in 2018 and making it to the state-semifinal, the team is looking to replicate or even top it in 2019. Throughout the summer the Indians have been practicing to make these expectations become reality.

“We have worked all summer to get our bodies in shape for the season,” senior Tyler Higgins said. “Football-wise, we went to numerous camps to start building a comradery on the field as a team.”

The team has done everything they possibly can to prepare for the season this offseason. 

“During the offseason, we not only got better in the weights room during the school year, but we conditioned almost every morning during the summer as well as attending padded camps,” Bolte said.

Leadership will be a key to the success of the Indians this year, and the seniors are ready for the challenge. Not only are the upperclassmen looking to be leaders, but they are hoping to be an example for the underclassmen.

“As seniors this year we need to take what we have learned from the past seasons and set a great example,” Bolte said. “We need to have underclassman step up to be leaders as well and to have everybody on board.”

The Indians will keep working and look forward to the inter-squad scrimmage coming up on Aug. 29, before traveling to face off with Olathe Northwest at the College Boulevard Activity Center on Sept. 6.


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