ROSSVILLE (KSNT) – Fresh of the programs first state championship in football history, the Rossville Bulldawgs are locked and loaded as they get ready to defend their title.
The Dawgs finally climbed to the top of the podium last season by knocking of rival Silver Lake in the state semifinals, and then rallying to beat Scott City in the Class 3A state championship game.
Head coach Derick Hammes is entering his 3rd season at Rossville. He’s 26-1 in his first two years.
This year’s ‘War on 24’ against rival Silver Lake falls on Thursday, October 29th at Silver Lake, the final game of the regular season.
“We reflect back on last year’s team and we’ve got a lot of good players,” said Hammes. “So it’s going to be replacing those guys. We’ve got to develop a new identity, and our senior class, they’ve got to take the reigns and they’ve got to lead.”
“It was by far the best experience this town has ever been through,” said senior wide receiver/strong safety Christian Roduner. “We got some transfers coming in to fill the spots really nicely, and I think we’ll be just as good, maybe a little better than last year.”
“It’s obviously a great feeling at the end of the year, but we’ve just got to focus up in the offseason and kind of ignore that kind of stuff because we’ve got a brand new team, a brand new people,” said senior offensive/defensive lineman Gabe Marney. “We’ve just got to focus up and work hard.”
“We really focus on our preparation,” said Hammes. “We like to tell the kids that if we handle the process, then they’re going to be ready for games that we need them to be ready for.”
Rossville opens the season on September 4th at Clay Center.