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Young Centennial football team has strong offseason

Young Centennial squad comes off strong offseason

Centennial juniors John Little and Victor Ngalamulume discuss the Patriots' offseason improvements.
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Centennial juniors John Little and Victor Ngalamulume discuss the Patriots' offseason improvements.

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An already uphill climb continues to get steeper for Centennial, which has gone 1-17 in coach David Koch’s first two seasons.

The Patriots lost 5A Southern Idaho Conference Defensive Player of the Year Kenton Bartlett to graduation, and the majority of this year’s starting lineup will be filled with juniors and sophomores.

“We’re real young. That’s the big thing, if we can grow up quick. We think these are good, quality kids, and it could be good for us,” Koch said. “But it’s a big jump from freshman football to varsity football. We’ll just have to see how that goes for us.”

Three starters are back on offense — running backs James Fisher and Victor Ngalamulume, and lineman John Dowdy. Fisher and Ngalamulume also join Chad Bowcutt (defensive line) and Stephan Brito (defensive back) as returning starters on defense.

Koch said improved participation in offseason workouts has helped the Patriots get ahead of where they were at this time last season, which may counter their inexperience.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys playing,” Centennial lineman John Little said. “But we all were waking up early, getting our weightlifting in, getting our technique right just so that we can compete in all our games this year.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

John Little, OL/DL

Saw limited time last season, but the 6-1, 250-pound junior displayed strong leadership in the offseason.

Chad Bowcutt, OL/DL

A top returner on defense, the 6-foot, 235-pound junior started at tackle. “Explosive,” coach David Koch said.

Victor Ngalamulume, RB/LB

The 5-11, 210-pound junior was in the rotation on both sides of the ball last season.

Daniel Carroll, WR/DE

He added bulk in the offseason that will help the 6-4, 200-pound junior provide speed and strength on the edge.

SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

Meridian

7 p.m.

Sept. 2

at Caldwell

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Mountain View

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

Columbia

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

Borah*

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Kuna*

7 p.m.

Oct. 6

Eagle*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Timberline (DLP)*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

Rocky Mountain*

7 p.m.

* pod game

Last year: 1-8, 1-4 5A SIC Pod A

Playoffs: Did not qualify

Coach: David Koch, third season

Record at school: 1-17

Stadium: Patriot Field, Meridian

TEAM PREVIEWS ALREADY FEATURED

Mountain View loaded, ready for another playoff run

Capital has talent to extend playoff streak to 10th straight year

After success in 4A, Kuna makes the jump to 5A

Borah coaches, players welcome new era

Boise looking to build off three-win season

Middleton expects experience to pay off

Fourth straight title? Bishop Kelly not looking ahead

Eagle will lean on strength of its offensive line

Emmett returns to 4A looking for more history

Receivers, O-line lead way for Skyview

Young, quick Timberline looking for first playoff win

Vallivue ready for return to 4A classification

Caldwell rebuilding after losing 31 seniors to graduation

Meridian returns loads of experience

Nampa eyes an end to playoff drought

Mountain Home trying to end losing streak, turn corner

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