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We have one more week until the high school football season begins.

Our countdown to kick off coverage continues south of the ohio river with union county.

The braves have established themselves as a consistent playoff contender.... as they have qualified for the khsaa postseason every year since 2007.

Last year... union county finished with a 7?

4 record..

And though they suffered a first round exit for the 5th consecutive season.... the braves young team got some valuable playoff experience.

A lot of people thought we overachieved last year, some i'm excited about the sophomores that stepped up big and played there'll be a lot of juniors.

So the one thing i think about is coming into this year we asked some of our young guys to step up and play and they did an excellent job for us and them being in the weight room and their experience, we're excited about that.

Our o line, our skill guys offensively, our wide receivers, our quarterback.

I mean he was a returner.

Our returning quarterback, i don't know, he threw for over a thousand yards last year and he didn't play the last two games as starting quarterback for us so, i think it's nice to have him back offensively, and then we lost two wide receivers last year dealynn ricketts and lincoln sisk, but we still have guys that were sophomores last year that played that are juniors now.

We have a lot of young guys, really energetic, really athletic, they're going to help us a lot this year.

I think we can do a lot better actually.

We have those young athletic guys and we've improved a lot on our offense and defense and as long as we can keep each other lifted up whether the game's going good or bad, i think we'll improve.

The braves week 7 opponent is webster county.

The trojans are coming off a 1 and 10 season..

Where they averaged 17 points per game on offense..

But surrendered 30 or more points in their final 5 games of 2018.

Webster county realizes things need to be tightened up on defense..

And the trojans believe they can do just that..

With a very experienced squad.

We have a lot coming back.

We lose about two starters on offense from last year, we're very excited for what's coming back.

We should be explosive on the offensive side of the football, we should be able to sling the ball all over the field and really pound the football with the offensive line we have.

We've got all our linebackers coming back from last year.

We're a little young in the secondary but very excited for what our front can do and to see those young guys improve and be the players we know they can be.

It's a lot more experience we have a lot of talent coming back.

We have two new guys that come in this season so i think it'll be a really good season this year.

We have a lot more talent on offense and all of our linebackers are coming back on defense so it'll be really good.

We'll be solid.

We have a lot more athletic guys than we did the past few years, and it's just nice to have.

Its something never had before so it's something new that our opponents have never seen so they are definitely going to have to adjust a lot.

As we move back to indiana..

The pre season polls are out..

And the ???c has a strong showing..

With 6 of the 8 members receiving points.

In 5a..

Castle cracks the top 10.


The 2018 state runners up of central come in at number 2.

Reitz at 10..

While memorial and boonville also receive some nods.

3a features a pair of ??c rivals.

Gibson southern and heritage hills coming in at 5 6.

Bosse and vincennes lincoln garnering some preseason attention as well.

And finally in 2a..

Mater dei is our lone local school.

The wildcats sitting at 7th.

On the college gridiron... kwc is getting back to work.

The panthers are coming off a ?7 season in which they didn't win a ballgame on the road.

The key to a turnaround will come from the panther defense... as kwc gave up a shade over 37 points per contest in 2018.

The panthers also know that if they are to have success in 2019... it will start with closing out winnable games.

A few games on the road that were close and we could have won, there were just a couple plays here and there towards the end of the game, we just couldn't finish, because we didn't know how to win.

But i think being disciplined and being a close knit family will be huge in getting us in a position to win those games at the end of ball games and making sure we're not letting them slip away like we did last year.

I think it goes all the way around, because you can look at the defense on one hand, but when we don't have as many players this year we do but when we didn't have as many players last year and we're on the field constantly, playing almost a hundred plays it's tough to keep people from scoring.

But our offense i think this year is really going to help us out, and put some points on the board and keep us off the field so we'll have more energy.

And that's all the action i have for you tonight..

We will be

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