Wabaunsee football failed to a win a game in the Mid-East League last season but that didn’t detour the spirits of the Chargers, as they still managed to make the postseason.
This year, the team has 30 players on the roster, which may not seem like a lot but it’s a bigger turnout than head coach Brian Henry has had in nearly a decade.
“With 30 out it’s a whole different breed of cat because we can work on JV schedule, we’re developing talent in the younger classes and we’re top-end loaded with 15 freshman, but no sophomores,” Henry said. “We should have a lot of experience.”
The Chargers have bookend classes of freshman and seniors to provide the leadership for the 2013 campaign.
“We’ve been great for conditioning,” Wabaunsee senior quarterback/cornerback Shane Flach said. “We have a lot of freshmen coming in, they’re playing really tough and doing a great job.”
“We’re all about rebuilding,” Wabaunsee senior tight end/defensive back Aaron Mayer said. “We haven’t been the winningest program the last couple of years. We started rebuilding a couple of years ago and we’re trying to beat a league team this year, that’s all we’re about.”
Wabaunsee made the playoffs each of the last two years and look for another strong showing against district opponents.
“My class has tried to rebuild this program from the bottom up and we’ve done the best that we can and I think we’ve done a pretty good job,” Wabaunsee senior tight end/defensive end Ian Carroll said.
Wabaunsee opens the season at Silver Lake on Friday, September 6th.
“We’re a little more intense in practice and they’ve bought in to the intensity,” Henry said. “There’s a lot more excitement in the community.”