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August 20, 2013

North Daviess ready to kick off season

Cougars will lean on experience for successful football season.

ELNORA — Following a disappointing 5-7 season in 2012, the North Daviess football team will kick off the 2013 season with renewed optimism with a roster loaded with experience players. Cougars coach Scotty Helms is confident in what he thinks will be an improved football team led by upperclassmen on both sides of the ball. Helms is entering his 20th year with the school and he’s registered a 102-92 record in that time.

The Cougars open with two straight road games, the first coming Friday at Tecumseh and August 30 at North Central (Farmersburg). North Daviess opened with the same two opponents a year ago and came away with a close 34-28 victory over Tecumseh in the home opener and a 42-19 loss to North Central — also at home.

“I love starting on the road, because it takes your team out of its comfort zone and I think you find out more about your team playing on the road early,” Helms said. “We’ll have a good following to Tecumseh and North Central. The kids are in a different environment, a little hostile and you’re able to find out a lot about your kids. If used in the right manor they can grow closer as a team. Those first two games are extremely tough.”

The beginning of each season brings optimism for every team, but the Cougars are hoping to have a special season after winning as many games as they have lost over the last two seasons. According to Helms that improvement starts in the offseason activities and grueling practices in the summer heat. With only three days before the season kicks off, Helms likes what he has seen.

“I’ve seen a lot of great team bonding — this is a football team that enjoys playing the game together,” Helms said. “We’ve had an outstanding preseason.”

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