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Gridiron Preview: Central Lee Hawks In The Spotlight

The coaching staff at Central Lee will have a chance to see the Hawks in “Live” action in less than 48 hours as CLHS takes on Keokuk.

The two teams will meet in a scrimmage action set for the gridiron Lee County on Friday evening. The KHS Chiefs will play host to the Hawks.

Third year head coach Nick Ehret had the Hawks working on their short passing game as well as their rushing attack recently.

This team has been going hard during fall camp trying their best to improve in all three phases of the game.

In 2019, the Hawks return nine starters from last year’s squad. Coach Ehret believes this years team is adapting well to the changes made during the off-season.

“You know, we just want to compete in every game. That’s really the big things. We struggled with that at times last year.”

Coach Ehret went on to add, ” We just want to go out and compete for 48 minutes and play our best, and hopefully we can find some success. Hopefully we can get a

couple W’s this year.” The Hawks are coming off a disappointing (0-9) campaign. Of course, anytime a team loses 5 home games, and 4 contests on the road, it’s

tough to mentally overcome the disappointment, but that’s what Central Lee is doing right now. CLHS is “mentally” preparing to be better than last year.

A major attitude adjustment is underway in “Hawks Country” that the players are hoping will change their fortunes on August 30.

That When Central Lee opens the new season, on the road, against a Fort Madison squad that shut the Hawks out last season by 21 points.

“We’re just trying to make sure everyone knows we don’t want to go (0-9) again. We want to work a lot harder than we did last year and get better.”

Senior quarterback Evan Pohren went on to state, “We’ve got more guys trying to go one way, so we’ve got more ones against ones so we can get more game feel

action for the younger guys and the guys who haven’t played much games before.”

Senior Nose Guard David Vance went on to add, “We’re gonna be a hype team. Even when we’re down, we’re gonna stay up. It’s all mental. Coming off (0-9), we keep

bringing that up in practice, it’s definitely a spur to get better.”

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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