Plainsmen ready for eight man season
By Tim Linscott, Managing Editor
The first game of the year for Perkins County High School’s football team will be Sept. 5 at home against Elm Creek.
The Plainsmen switched to eight-man football in the off-season and herein begins the journey into playing new teams.
Last year the team went 0-8 on the season and were a young team, according to head coach Carlie Wells.
This year 11 letter winners return and the squad is still young. There are 11 freshmen, nine sophomores, five juniors and three seniors making up the Plainsmen squad this season.
“Most of our kids have done what it takes to make themselves better. They have spent time in the weight room, gone to camps and have showed up for practice,” Wells said.
A main goal this season is to continue to improve each day and prepare for every single game.
“If we do those things, we will continue to show improvement through the season,” Wells said. “We are going to ask a lot out of our freshmen and sophomores. Several of them will have to play both sides of the ball and compete at a high level.”
Senior leadership will be another key to the season for the Plainsmen. Dylan Malmkar, Kaden Kammerer and Zak Kurkowski will be the three seniors on the squad this season.
“These guys are being asked to show leadership, hard work and dedication,” Wells said. “I expect them to never show weakness, defeat and help our younger kids build a mental toughness that will help carry them through the season.”
Wells noted that the team has been working hard and will put forth effort to improve.
“We are just taking one game at a time,” Wells said. “Looking forward to each game to compete and give ourselves a chance to win.”