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Inexperienced Cheyenne Central Football must look to returning starters for guidance in 2021

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 12:58 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2021 at 1:01 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -The Central Indians Football team returns just a handful of starters from last year’s squad that started (6-0) before losing three of its last four games, including a first-round playoff game. Below are quotes from three returning starters and Cheyenne Central Head Coach Mike Apodaca on the second day of preseason practice:

Elijah Castillo, Senior, on what he can pass on the inexperienced players:

“For me, mines my physicality, because I’ve always been a really physical kid and I know a lot of people aren’t that physical so when we put on the pads, gotta teach these kids how to hit little bit.”

Nate Nalich, Senior, on what message he has for the younger players during this preseason:

“Take every practice like it’s your last. Looking back four years ago, I wouldn’t think this would come fast, but now I realize I only got one year left. Gotta take care of business every day.”

Jaxon Labatos, Junior, on how to temper excitement for the regular season during the preseason:

“It just goes back to really wanting to sharpen your craft and hone what you have for yourself and use what you have for your team and rather than looking out to that first game, to those lights we have to realize that there’s a process for these next three weeks until that game comes.”

Mike Apodaca, Head Coach, on this senior class:

“This group of seniors is the group that I came in with and so they’ve heard the same message over four years now and it’s a great group honestly. It’s 15-16 strong, which is a nice senior class and it’s time for them to step up and you do hope they carry the lessons they’ve learned.”

The Tribe opens the regular season at home on Friday, August 27 against the Natrona County Mustangs.

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