When the Swedes take the field against Cozad Aug. 28, an age-old rivalry will continue for another season.
The Haymakers have nine players who have starting experience returning to the field, and coach Brian Cargill, in an interview with Central Nebraska Prep, said that he would lean on the youth of his team to step into some key positions.
“We have a good group of returning players to build around, but we have a number of youngsters that need to develop quickly at both the line and skill positions,” he said in the interview.
That sounds like a similar story for Swede coach Craig Haake, who also had some positions to fill, but after the Aug. 21 inter-squad scrimmage, feels they are making headway in that department.
“I thought things went well,” Haake said. “The main thing is we were able to get out under the lights, get some game experience and nobody got injured.”
As they turn their focus to Friday night’s game against Cozad, Haake said he didn’t expect that there would be many changes from years past.
“(Coach Cargill) doesn’t change defenses much, he kind of is an even-front guy and to be honest, we aren’t changing much either.”
The one thing Haake said that he expects is a traditional Gothenburg-Cozad matchup and is anticipating a big run game from the Haymakers.
“I think they’re probably going to get the ball into the hands of the Wetovick kid,” he said. “Overall, I think they may have a little more speed than us, but I expect it to be a full-fledged Southwest Conference battle.”
The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Gothenburg High School.
For those listening at home, the game will be carried on KRVN 93.1 with pregame starting at 6:50 p.m.
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