BUTTE — It’s only uphill for the Butte Central Maroons after a 5-4 season in 2017, including a playoff appearance in October. The Maroons fell short, but for Head Coach Don Peoples, the difference between this year and last will be what is exemplified by his seniors.
“Leadership is a big part of things,” Peoples said of his expectations for his squad. “Last year we had a small group of seniors, but football is important with great senior leadership and what kind of team you will have.”
The Maroons are returning seven starters on offense and eight on defense, and Peoples said the veteran squad has the ability to thrive this season, instead of coming to a halt.
“I think we’re a year older, a year more mature, I really like how the kids have worked and prepared and i’m really optimistic about a great season.”
Senior quarterback Cade Holter said the team is a little different than last year. The players seem to be faster, stronger, and more versatile- with that skill set, he hopes he can close out his senior year by hoisting a trophy over his head.
“There’s so many guys who can play so many positions,” Holter said. “I think people can come out, run the football, catch the football, make some hits. Depth is our specialty.”
Peoples agreed, “I think overall we have better talent and an exciting group of kids and we’re excited to get things rolling.”
In order to keep fighting in the Class A football conference, the players must get better every day. With an opportunity like that, they have the ability to achieve the greatest goal in high school football.
“A personal goal with this team is to play for a state championship this year,” Holter said.
“I think we’ve got a lot of kids who can step up and be better this year,” Peoples said of the goal. “If that happens, we’re very excited about where we could be this season.”