CENTRALIA (KSNT) – Centralia went undefeated last year en route to hoisting the state title in Class 2-1A.
“We want to win each game,” Centralia head coach Larry Glatczak said. “Obviously, that’s the goal each week and we want to get better each week and if we can do that then we feel that at the end of the season that we’re going to be a pretty good football team.”
The Panthers face a new challenge this seasons as they’re moving up to Class 3A.
“Not to be afraid,” Centralia senior guard/defensive end Joey Ferron said. “We’re still a little 2A school but we still have to go prove ourselves, make a name, hit someone hard and go at it.”
Larry Glatczak’s team lost nine seniors from a year ago and look to compete against a new set of opponents.
“We’re excited about 3A,” Glatczak said. “We’ve played the likes of Silver Lake, Rossville, Concordia, SE Saline, St. Marys. We’ve been playing those schools for years so the kids are excited about moving up.”
The Panthers even welcomed some players from Baileyville B&B after the school closed its doors this year.
“We treat them like family,” Centralia senior fullback/linebacker Trevor Mars said. “Even though they’re from a different town. They came here to join our football team. We’re all Centralia Panthers and we’re one football team right here.”
Centralia pitched a shutout in the Class 2-1A state championship last year beating LaCrosse 61-0. The Panthers have the longest current winning streak in Kansas and look to continue the winning tradition.
“We preach faith, family and football in that order,” Glatczak said. “Kids buy into that. We trust the kids and they trust us. If you can just get the kids to play hard every play. Good things are going to happen. That’s what our kids do.”
Centralia opens the season at home against Valley Heights on Friday.