WAMEGO (KSNT) – After making the playoffs last season, the Wamego Red Raiders have a lot to build off in 2015.
It all starts with the man in charge, head coach Lee Weber is in his first season at Wamego since coming over from Council Grove. He takes over the program after the retirement of former coach, Dale Burkholder.
Representing the North Central Kansas League, Wamego (8-2 in 2014), will try to jump up and take down the defending league-champions from Abilene.
Then they’d like to make the postseason (lost 14-7 to Clearwater in the 4A DII opening round) once again, but this time around, have a much deeper run.
“We have everything to prove,” said Weber. “Half of these guys didn’t play a lot last year, so we have everything to prove coming into this season.”
“We just have to come out here every day,” said Wamego senior wide receiver/linebacker Ethan Thomas. “Not being too cocky or thinking we’re automatically going to win. It’s a new year, new players, and new positions.”
“I love it here,” said Weber. “This has been my dream job for a long time. I think it’s worked really well, I think the reception has been really well. The kids have really bought in, and this first week of practice we’ve seen the intensity.”
“Wamego gets wild on Friday nights,” said Wamego senior outside linebacker/running back Hunter Loewen. “The entire community comes out and watches the game it’s unlike any other community I’ve seen.”
“I love every single one of the guys out here on the team,” said Thomas. “I just come out here leave it all on the line; tears, blood, sweat, everything.”