Winning their league, making the playoffs and coming together as a team are RJ Regier and the Mulvane Wildcats’ primary goals this season.
After a 6-5 record last season and a playoff victory, Regier and his team hope to use that experience to help their underclassmen acclimated to varsity football.
“Making it to the playoffs and getting a victory was really big for us last year. I feel like that gives us a lot of experience to build on to come back better this year,” Regier said. “We lost a lot of key players, but we have a lot of younger people coming up to fill those roles.”
This summer the younger players got extra snaps in practice drills and saw more live action to get used to the game speed.
“We have a great group of seniors, and we will have several young guys contributing heavily on both sides of the ball,” Mulvane coach Dave Fennewald said.
As an experienced senior, Regier believes the team has bought into coming together to reach a common goal.
“This summer we’ve been working harder as a team,” Regier said. “All of our numbers have gone up in the weight room. We motivate each other, and our chemistry is great. We do a lot of activities together.”
The team’s defense will be the foundation. The Wildcats return linebackers Jace Price and Logan Elliot. Brandon Doramus, Riley Rahe and Chase Pierce anchor the defensive line.
Of the five to seven sophomores expected to contribute, there is one with the most potential of anyone in recent years.
“We have a strong sophomore defensive end in Marcus Chancellor,” Regier said. “I think he will play Division I college football. He is extremely gifted and fun to watch.”