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Centerville Football Rebuilding Program Under Luke McKinley

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For the last 33 seasons, hall of fame coach Ted Richards has been roaming the sidelines at Centerville high school. But Richards is now gone and new head coach Luke McKinley has more than a legacy to live up to.

"We did graduate a lot of kids and a lot of talent is gone from this school but at the same time, a lot of the values that I learned from Coach Richards and a lot of the plays and how we run things at this school has transitioned over to me. And of course, I have new ideas and new philosophy but the original foundation of Centerville football is here," said Miners head coach, Luke McKinley.

The Miners are in rebuilding mode. This season they only have 12 players on their active roster, with three of them being seniors, but McKinley says the team is remaining positive.

"We have 12 guys but we don't want to quit the season on any terms of an injury. If we go down to 10 guys we're still going to play. We got a lot of young kids, we have 3 seniors with one that transferred in and that's helped us out quite a bit. At the same time, we expect a lot of leadership out of these kids and everyone has to play their game," said McKinley.

Even though the roster might be small in numbers, the players still have big expectations and are excited to start their season.

"I'm ready for Saturday. I've been thinking about it all summer long and ever since baseball ended, I've been training for Saturday," said Kevin McGee, Miners senior.

"We got to play a hard as we can and can't let the fact that we have 12 guys stop us. We're just going to go hard and win some games," said Austin Scott, Miners senior.

"I'm more than excited. We've been working with 2 a days and the intensity level is crazy. I think we're all excited and ready to go knock some heads and try to get a win, said Marty Luoma, Miners senior.

Centerville opens their season at home against CJI and for the first time in 33 years will have a new head coach. A coach who, like the team, will look to re-build a program that's been built on winning.

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