Santa Fe Trail Chargers football preview

Jayson Duncan and the Santa Fe Trail Chargers begin a new season in the Pioneer League.
Jayson Duncan and the Santa Fe Trail Chargers begin a new season in the Pioneer League.

CARBONDALE (KSNT) – Santa Fe Trail won just a single game last season.

Now, the Chargers get a taste of the Pioneer League after spending several years facing Big Seven League opponents.

“We haven’t been very good so that new change will give us a chance to get back and win some games,” Santa Fe Trail head coach Jayson Duncan said. “This is our year we feel. We have everybody coming back that played the last couple years.”

The Chargers return ten starters on offense, nine on defense.

“We think we’re ready to go and we’d be good in any league,” Duncan said.

Santa Fe Trail won state titles last year in volleyball and girls basketball in the newly formed Class 4A Division II. Duncan led the girls hoops team to a championship.

“Santa Fe Trail football: well we had a rough patch a couple of years ago,” Santa Fe Trail senior running back/safety Cody Vandevord said. “We all had to experience that but we really turned it around coming out here for the summers. Just hard work putting it in even through tough times.”

The Chargers search for their first winning campaign in a dozen seasons on the gridiron.

“We’re going to win some games and be physical all year,” Santa Fe Trail senior fullback/linebacker Derric Cashier said.

Santa Fe Trail hopes to turn things around with the new schedule and several returning starters.

“We’re only guaranteed nine more games so let’s make the most of it,” Santa Fe Trail senior quarterback Weston Gloss said.

The Chargers begin the season at home against Iola on September 5th.

“We had to play with a bunch of young guys and had to take your lumps,” Duncan said. “But now that they’re seniors they are ready to give out a few lumps so we’re expecting them to do well this year.”

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