GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Last season, the Central Warriors had an early exit in the state playoffs after a 31-14 loss to Fruita Monument in the first round. The Warriors will bring a new attitude and a new leader of the team for the 2019 season.
The Central Warriors have gone through some changes during the offseason but the excitement remains the same for the Warriors.
"It feels great; our team is looking pretty solid,” says senior running back Patrick Courtney. “I'm ready for the season."
"I'm ready for it,” says senior cornerback Luke Pleasant. “I've been waiting for a long time since last football season so I'm ready to go."
Last season, Central went 7-4 and finished second in the 4A Southern League. After getting bounced in their first playoff game against Fruita Monument, the Warriors have a fire burning to get back to the postseason.
"It gives us a lot of motivation,” explains Pleasant. “It gets us going. Of course, we don't want to make the same mistake again."
"I just want to work really good as a team and hope we can do some great things," Courtney says.
The big change is at the top spot. Shawn Marsh out, new head coach Brandon Milholland in.
"I think he's a great guy,” states Courtney. “Definitely a great coach."
"I like the guy a lot,” says Pleasant. “I think he's a great guy and of course a great coach. I think he's got a lot to bring for us and this whole school. We've done a few new drills and he's definitely a high-intensity dude and really about discipline."
The new head coach brings a different look on the offensive side of the ball. The offense will run out of the shotgun and the under center that will change the approach to a more 50/50, run and pass offense.
"Our defense is the same, we kept our same defensive coordinator, but our offense is definitely a change,” explains Pleasant. “I do like the change. I appreciate the way we can run the ball and throw the ball and keep it pretty balanced through the whole thing. I think we have the players to do it as well."
The season begins the same it did last year, against Montrose. This time on the road and they are working to avenge last season's opening loss
"We're watching a lot of film, preparing a lot, and running through all their plays for defense and offense,” Courtney says. “I'm very excited and hope we do well."