The New Castle Trojans football team jumps into a new year. The team lost many quality players, but the team has gained more talents too. The team went to IU camp in June to learn and grow from last year. They have also been conditioning many times over the summer as well. “Practices have been going well. The team stays locked in all practice, in preparation for Friday nights,” said Junior Layne Nicholson.
The Trojans kicked off the season with a home game against the Franklin County Wildcats. With the team not having their starting running back, Senior Dakota Durick, and a young and mostly inexperienced team the Trojans look a loss with a final score of 36-20. In the next game, the team were back on the winning path beating the Rushville Lions 39-2. In their third game, they lost 52-7 against the Pendleton Heights Arabians.
The team has an upcoming game against Shelbyville at home. “We are excited to see what excitement this game will bring and we will hopefully be leaving the field with a win. I am most excited to play Shelbyville this year because I think it is our homecoming game and everyone will be excited for this game,” said Sophomore Cole Werking.
Trojan players have many expectations for this year as they are coming off two winning seasons in a row, which hasn’t been done in over 30 years. This will be the team’s third season with their current head coach, Kyle York. York used to be an offensive assistant college football at Indiana University, then became the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Drake University.
“I think we will be in the positive for wins this year because our team learns the opponents formations fast,” says Sophomore Shaun Moore. “The team seems confident in playing these other schools and coming out with the win. They work hard everyday after school to do the best they can at their games. In the end everyone wants our school to win but nobody wants it more than our team and they are gonna work as hard as they need to to get closer to their goal.”
So far this season the team has grown already in three games and the Trojans hope to be challenging for wins against teams like Mount Vernon. Good luck to all our Trojans players for an amazing rest of the season.
Join them tonight against Shelbyville at Neal Field. Tonight’s theme is Neon Lights-Out of the World!