The Wichita Collegiate Spartans returned a whopping 20 seniors last season on their way to a 5-5 record and a berth in the 4-A Division II playoffs.
However, Mike Gehrer’s squad came up short in the playoffs, as they were only able to muster a safety in a 12-2 loss to Smoky Valley in the first round.
While they had a lot of players returning last year. this season is a much different story.
Only four seniors off of last years team are coming back.
Senior Gabe Fisher will be taking over the reigns at quarterback after cody McNerney graduated and joined teammate Mac Copeland at KU.
Coach Gehrer says he’s stressed being disciplined and being organized to his team.
He believes his young guys will learn best with some trial by fire.
“We’ve got a lot of very young guys that have to step up and play, we have four seniors this year, we had 20 last year, so we have four this year and we have a lot of young guys that are going to be thrown into the fire real quick,” said Gehrer. “It may take a while for us all to gel, but that being said we are having good practices, the guys are working hard, and you know, we’re just going to throw it all out there,” added Gehrer.
One of the seniors expected to step up is fullback Trey Charbonneau.
“I mean it’s really important, but as seniors we are going to have to do our job and lead them,” said Charbonneau.
Collegiate will kick off their season next Friday when they take on Wellington.