Coach David Koch knows he doesn’t need to give a lot of inspirational speeches. The Patriots’ 0-9 campaign last year took care of any motivation problems.
“They kind of have that attitude that we’re not going to be satisfied with anything,” Koch said. “(After) 0-9, that first win is not enough.”
Centennial’s 2014 season went down the drain when junior quarterback Branden Anderson broke his collarbone on the fifth play of the season. But he returns healed this year and has packed on 40 pounds to stand 6-4 and 225 pounds.
“He’s done a lot of work in the weight room,” Koch said. “He’s gotten a lot stronger, a lot faster, a lot quicker and has been throwing tons. We’re excited.”
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Anderson returns six offensive starters around him, including four of his top receivers from a year ago, allowing the Patriots to mount a more threatening aerial attack.
The offensive line, meanwhile, brings back just one starter. Koch said the group will have to make up for its inexperience and lack of size through a scheme that allows it to attack at angles and outflank larger opponents.
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Players to watch
KENTON BARTLETT, HB/LB
Standing 6-3 and 230 pounds, the reigning first-team all-5A SIC senior linebacker and four-year starter has offers from Portland State and San Diego.
IAN DURUPT, WR/CB
The 6-1, 150-pound senior earned honorable mention all-conference status last season in his first year in football. He could evolve into a shutdown corner.
DANIEL FARAIMO, TE/LB
The 6-3, 215-pound senior started at LB last year. But he’ll move into a hybrid LB/S role to take advantage of his athleticism.
SEAN COFFEY, WR/DB/K/P
The senior returns from a broken collarbone. And he’ll fill several roles for the Patriots, from backup quarterback to running back to wide receiver to safety.